There is Competition in IP Telephony and Internet

The first six companies to compete with state-run ICE in the telecommunications market have been authorized in Costa Rica.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Superintendency of Telecommunications (Sutel) gave the green light to allow the companies to offer telephone over IP and Internet services.

According to La Prensa Libre de Costa Rica, the president of the Sutel Council, George Miley, said: “Today is a historic day for Costa Rica and especially for telecommunications. This is the first act that effectively opens the telecommunications sector. The authorization of these six companies, and the many more to come, provide a positive signal that will attract investment to this important area of the economy, at a necessary time for our country.”

The six companies authorized to operate are: Dodona SRL, Intertel Worldwide S.A., R&H International Telecom Services S.A., Worldcom de Costa Rica S.A., Call my way NY S.A., and Redes Inalámbricas de Costa Rica S.A.

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Market supervisor Sutel has already approved 32 companies offering Internet, VoIP and business networking services.

Advertising and promotions by the different companies will probably start around the end of 2009.

Additionally, there are 43 more companies pending authorization with Sutel.

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Companies that fail to do the necessary paperwork risk being shut down and having their equipment removed by the Superintendence.

From website: "Voice over IP, prepaid cards and data transport connections are among the proposals.

ICE Will Not Oppose New Competitors

June 2009

Through a document presented to Sutel, ICE withdrew its objections to the entry of competitors in the telecommunications market.

The legal director of the Costa Rican Institute for Electricity, Erick Jiménez González, laid out in the document presented that the action is "with the purpose of collaborating in the regulatory process during the transition phase."

SUTEL Accepted Request by Eight Companies Thus Far

March 2009

Eight applications for operation have been admitted by the Costa Rican Superintendent of Telecommunications, and eleven others are lining up.

Journalist Charles Lamb wrote in the El Financiero website: "SUTEL admitted requests by Dodona SRL (Amnet) Intertel Worldwide S.S., R & H International Telecom Services S.A., Worldcom Costa Rica S.A., Callmyway S.A., Redes Inalámbricas of Costa Rica S.A.

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