Costa Rica Telecom Market to Grow 136% by 2015

The Costa Rican telco market will grow by up to 136% over the next five years as a result of its opening up to new companies.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Of this growth, 79% is expected to be in pre-paid cell phone products, according to a report from Pyramid Research titled, "Costa Rica: Liberalization Will More Than Double Mobile Subscribers by 2015".

According to a report by Jose Magana, Senior Analyst at Pyramid Research, is of the opinion that, "mobile penetration of the population closed at 52 percent in 2009, one of the lowest rates in Latin America and not consistent with the income level of the population".

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