IP Telephony in Costa Rica

The announced increase of 290% in fixed telephony tariffs has accelerated the switch over to Internet telephony.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

IP telephony has taken off more strongly after news of a 290% increase in fixed rates. One of the few requirements needed for its implementation is to have an internet connection.

Elfinancierocr.com reports: "Although the Superintendency of Telecommunications (Sutel) sets the same rate for fixed telephony and IP telephony, the latter allows companies to offer unlimited packages to its users, which would have no additional cost."

According to Rowland Espinoza, Vice Minister of Telecommunications, the service has been offered since 2009 when the phone and Internet market was deprivatized, but supply of the service has grown in recent years. Some 15 companies are allowed to offer the service and 13 are already selling it.

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The company is awaiting authorities to assign the numbers in order to begin marketing.

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He added: "we are analyzing proposals by several communications companies interested in the project, such as Cable & Wireless and Telecarrier", reported Pa-digital.com.pa.