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Telecable looking to buy regional operator Cable Costa

Costa Rican cable TV and broadband operator Telecable has requested permission from the country’s telecommunications regulator Sutel to acquire regional operator Cable Costa for an undisclosed sum, the El Financiero reported. Cable Costa operates in the Turrialba and Jimenez cantons of Cartago province and Telecable...

Opening Of Telecom Market Has Been Good For Costa Rica

A decade after the opening of the telecom market in Costa Rica, the sector has become the main economic driver, says the Sutel, the government regulator. The investment in towers, fiber optics networks and other installations has in the hundreds of millions of dollars. The...

ICE Looking To Become Regional Telecom Player

Costa Rica's state-owned telecom operator, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), is finalizing plans to become a major telecommunications player throughout Central America and a rival to market leaders Claro (Mexico's America Movil) and Movistar (Spain's Telefonica), reports La Republica. According to the telecoms director...

Telecom Tax Proposed To Fund 911 Service

Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly has received a proposed tax on mobile and fixed telephony and broadband services with a view to funding the country's 911 emergency and security system, reports local daily La Prensa Libre. The tax was proposed by Rolando Gonzalez of the Partido...

Tax Department May Access Personal Data of Telecom Users In Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) Careful of the information you give your telecommunications operator. This because the Ministry of Finance (Ministerio de Hacienda) has the authority to assess personal data of customers of telecom operators in the country. A new resolution by the Agencia de Protección de Datos de...

ICE Continues To Cover RACSA Losses

QCOSTARICA - At the expense of consumers  by way of prices for energy and telecommunications, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) covered Radiográfica Costarricense (Racsa) losses with loans and an injection of capital. The ICE subsidiary, whose inefficiency has been proven, continues the country's bad...

State Telecom Racsa Returns Block of Frequencies

QCOSTARICA - The state telecom, Radiografica Costarricense (Racsa) has returned a block of frequencies for telecommunications services that it was not using, reports El Financiero. This was confirmed by Deputy Minister of Telecommunications, Emilio Arias, and Racsa general manager, Francisco Calvo. Both denied that the partial...

Costa Rica’s Telecom Market Maturing

(QCOSTARICA) The country's telecommunications market has begun a process of maturing after five years of ending the monopoly by the state telecom, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE). According to 2014 data by the telecom regulating authority, the SUTEL, mobile telephony experienced a slight decrease...

ICE Fined ¢2.157 Billion For Being “Monopolistic” and “Anti-Competitive”

(QCOSTARICA) The state company Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) has been fined ¢2.157 billion colones (US$4 million dollars) for "anti-competitive and monopolistic" practices between 2011 and 2012. The fine was levied by the board of Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones - SUTEL), the government...

ICE Reports a ¢83 Billion Loss For 2014

(QCOSTARICA) The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), the electricity monopoly, state telecommunications company and a player in the Internet server market, closed last year with losses above ¢83 billion colones, partly caused by a strengthening of the U.S. dollar. Most (64%) of the loss was...

Costa Rica Lags Behind in Residential Internet

QCOSTARICA - While in other countries there are a greater variety of packages and lower prices than those offered in Costa Rica, lack of modernization of networks and costs are preventing operators from improving their services. At present, only 56% of the population has internet...

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