Phones in Costa Rica: 80% Are Prepaid

After the opening up of the telecommunications market, the number of postpaid cellular lines are down from 1.6 million in 2010 to 1.1 million as at the end of 2012.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Prepaid connections currently represent 80% of the lines that exist in the country, while two years ago the figure was barely 49%, according to a study by the Telecommunications Superintendency (Sutel).

With the entry of new competitors into the country such as Claro and Movistar, prepaid lines and the supply of connections have soared. According the Sutel at the end of 2012 mobile penetration reached 116% of the population, increasing by 49% compared to 2010.

With the release of number portability on November 30, it is expected that service penetration will increase even more. However, there are some challenges that the country must face.

According to Walther Herrera, alternate member of the Board and head of the Division of Markets at the Sutel, what is needed, among other things, is a network with higher speeds of internet connection in mobile telephony.



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