Still No Date for Opening of Cell Phone Market in Costa Rica

SUTEL (Costa Rica's Telecommunications Regulator) council members must find time to meet and review the final version of the terms and conditions.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Press coverage on the subject suggests that three of the SUTEL council's members have more important things on their plate.

According to a report from Mónica Cordero Sancho in, George Miley, SUTEL president, said on Wednesday that some of his colleagues had met but that they had not managed to finalize the document for approval.

Miley added that the date depends on the availability of his colleagues.

Miley himself might not be present at the final meeting, according to the report, if he needs to present for the birth of his daughter. In this case he would be substituted by Walter Herrera.

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Costa Rica's Telecommunications Regulator (SUTEL) has made public the invitation to tender for the cellular telephony frequencies.

The work schedule, if the process is not appealed, will contain the following key dates: 5 November to receive technical and economic offers, 3 December for the offers to begin being reviewed.

Costa Rica Publishes Draft Bidding Rules for Mobile Telephony

April 2010

This week, the telecommunications superintendence (SUTEL) will publish preliminary bidding rules for opening the telephony market.

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Costa Rica Resumes Mobile Telephony Auction

March 2010

The Telecommunications Superintendence was authorized by the Comptroller of the Republic to resume the process for auctioning mobile telephony frequencies.

This process was halted in January, as some legislators questioned the transparency of the bidding rules.

Congressmen argued if it was adequate to have law firm BLP involved in defining the bidding rules, as this firm represents some of the companies interested in the process.

Costa Rica: SUTEL completes integration

January 2009

After months in a difficult process, the Superintendence of Telecommunications has finally be formed.

According to reports by, "The institution was created as a result of the privitization of mobile telephone and internet services as contemplated in the Free Trade Agreement between Central America, the Dominican Republic and the United States, which came into effect in Costa Rica on January 1.

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