Telecom Costa Rica: Cheaper Roaming is Not Anti-Competitive

A complaint from the state run telecommunications company in Costa Rica has been dismissed after it argued that its competitors Claro and Movistar were using monopolistic practices in their services for international voice and data roaming.

Friday, September 30, 2016

The Superintendency of Telecommunications (Sutel) and the Commission to Promote Competition (COPROCOM) decided not to recommend any sanction against alleged monopolistic practices by Movistar and Claro, annulling the suit filed in May 2015 by the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE). explains that "...The Commission decided to resolve the petition made by the Sutel and the regulator, based on criterion, ruled on September 14: "Declaring that there is insufficient evidence to prove the verification of the assumptions set out in Article 54 of Law No 8642 specifically in connection with the existence of evidence that the companies Telefonica TC S.A. Costa Rica and Claro CR Telecomunicaciones S.A. conducted a margin squeeze regarding roaming ".

COPROCOM concluded that there was no evidence "to determine that Claro and Movistar have substantial power in the relevant markets, therefore it is not considered relevant to assess whether these companies are committing any alleged anti-competitive practices."

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