Results of the Cell Privatization in Costa Rica

After one year of competition in mobile communications, the changes that have taken place reveal a market that is different from how many expected.

Friday, November 16, 2012

The market transformation has been swift and contained surprising nuances. Cellular penetration swiftly exceeded 100%, while the use of mobile Internet exceeded forecasts.

Pablo Fonseca's article in reports that "Although more changes will come in the short and medium term, it is good to take stock. Many people were clear that the Costa Rican market was no ordinary market and had certain characteristics that needed to be taken into account when dealing with it, such as a thirst for technology, the level of information being handled, the requirements to be able to receive what is being offered and the level of spending willing to be made for a handset “

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