Panama: Telecom Regulation

A law project regulating Telecom companies was sanctioned by the government.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Phone companies will have to register and keep data on users of mobile and fixed telephony and communication networks.

The proposal by Martinelli's administration intends to fight organized crime, which uses these technological advancements in their felonies.

Under the proposal, information obtained by telecom companies will be delivered to the Public Ministry, as long as it is authorized by the Supreme Court of Justice.

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Costa Rica: $6 million for Telecommunications

February 2017

The state run electricity company ICE and Claro have obtained contracts to build infrastructure to provide internet and mobile telephony services in 620 communities in the province of Limon.

From a statement issued by the Sutel:

January 5, 2017. The National Telecommunications Fund (FONATEL) through Banco Nacional, as administrator of the Trust, signed contracts with Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) and Claro to bring internet telephony to 620 vulnerable communities in the districts of Siquirres, Pococi, Guácimo, Matina, Limón and Talamanca.

Guatemala: Tax on Telephony Suspended

January 2015

The application of tax of $0.65 per mobile phone line that had been proposed by the Executive to fund part of the 2015 budget has been temporarily suspended.

The Constitutional Court temporarily suspended the collection of the tax on telephone lines after the Chamber of Industry and the three phone companies operating in the country submitted an appeal against the tax.

Honduras Approves Wiretapping Law

December 2011

The National Congress has passed a special law on the Interception of Communications.

The new legislation allows the authorities to listen to telephone conversations and tap emails, bank accounts and internet services of those suspected of illegal activities.

The aim of the new law is to combat organized crime in the form of kidnapping, extortion, contract killings, car thefts, and drug trafficking, among other things.

Nicaragua Expands Numbers in Telephone Network

April 2009

On April 22, landline and cellular numbers in the telephone network will have eight digits.

Beginning at midnight on April 22, landlines will add a two and cell phones an eight before the current number.

Victor Garcia, Director of Regulation and Interconnection for Claro Enitel (owned by América Móvil), told The "At no time will the changes affect the economy of the users of the sector, instead the benefits are more extensive because there will now be a more modern network with services such as Internet and satellite tracking through GPS, among others. The idea is to grow as the region does so that our services are competitive."

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