Rise in Land Line Telephone Rates

Rates in Costa Rica have not risen for seven years, but if the application is successful, the cost of calls from landlines could go up by 290%.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The proposal was made by the Superintendency of Telecommunications (Sutel), the body responsible for regulating services.

The basic residential rate would go from $3.70 to $6.78 an increase of 83%, while commercial rates would increase by 58% going from $4.30 to $6.78.

Meanwhile, calls made from a landline to a cell number would go down by 29%, going from $0.06 to $0.04 a minute.

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Fixed Telephone Rates Up 26%

September 2013

The Superintendency of Telecommunications in Costa Rica has approved an increase of 26% for rates for fixed telephone lines and a reduction in the rate for calls between a landline and a cell phone.

From a press release from the Superintendency of Telecommunications (Sutel):

El Salvador Postpones Implementation of New Telephone Tariffs

October 2010

Congressmen extend by nine months the coming into effect of new tariffs.

Elsalvador.com writes, "Lawmakers of all political parties approved in April of this year an amendment to Article 8 of the Telecommunications Act which reduced the charge to $ 6.14 and calls to $ 0.21 per minute (both costs without VAT), but the Superintendence of Electricity and Telecommunications (Siget) has not created a chart with the maximum prices for fixed and mobile telephones, which would allow to reduce the basic rate, according to committee members of Congress´s Economy Commission. The extension request made by the Siget which creates delay in implementing the new rates will cause inconvenience to users.

El Salvador: Basic Telephony Fee Would Be $6.91

March 2010

The Economy Commission of the Legislative Assembly agreed to reduce the basic fee in 35%, setting the new rate at $6.12 plus VAT.

This proposal, not passed yet by Congress, includes setting a $0.21 fee when calling from land lines to mobile ones.

“Congressmen agreed to grant SIGET (Telecomm Superintendence), 6 months to establish an integral cost calculation methodology”, reported Elsalvador.com.

El Salvador: Telecomm Companies Agree To Lower Basic Fee

February 2010

They agreed to a reduced basic fee, but in turn request changes in how fees are applied when calling from landlines to mobile ones.

Claro-Telecom proposed to lower the rates to their pre-1997 levels, before the privatization of the National Telecommunications Authority, or to the regional average of $7.29.