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Millicom enters the mobile telephony market in Costa Rica with the purchase of Telefónica

Millicom International Cellular S.A., operating in Costa Rica under the Tigo brand, has announced an agreement to acquire Telefonica’s mobile telecommunications assets in Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua for a total of US$1.65 billion dollars in cash. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions,...

Liberty Latin America abandons bid for Millicom

Liberty Latin America has abandoned its approach for Millicom International Cellular after it reportedly failed to secure enough support from its rival’s management. Liberty said in a statement that it “has terminated conversations with Millicom . . . regarding a potential transaction. The Company remains focused on its growth...

The Implications in Costa Rica Of A Liberty Latin America and Millicom Merger

Costa Rica's cable television, IP telephony, and cellular phone market could be concentrated in the hands of a few with the recent news of a possible merger between Liberty Latin America, that recently purchased a major stake in Cabletica and Millicom, which operates in...

Tigo Costa Rica cleared to buy local cable providers

Costa Rican telecommunications regulator Sutel has cleared Tigo’s acquisition of local cable communications providers Cable Television Doble R (Cable Max) and Cable Zarcero, reports business daily El Financiero. The watchdog ruled that the takeover wouldn’t adversely affect customers even though anti-trust regulator Coprocom expressed competition...

Millicom launches Tigo One OTT service in Costa Rica

Tigo Costa Rica (Millicom) has announced the launch of its Tigo One TV platform combining linear pay-TV and over-the-top (OTT) services. The new offering will be available for the operator’s convergent subscribers with HD packages and 100Mbps fixed broadband and will include content from...

Tigo To Invest US$30 Million This Year

Tigo (Millicom) is set to invest US$30 million in Costa Rica this year to substantially expand coverage, double broadband speed and bring DTT to all its customers, reports La Republica, citing the operator’s corporate affairs director Norman Chavez. The investment is broadly in line with...

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...

Sutel Was (Finally) Able To Award Blocks of Radio Spectrum Frequencies

Costa Rica's Superintendency of Telecommunications, the Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (Sutel) said it awarded the 70 MHz of spectrum to Mexico's America Movil (Claro) and Spain's Telefonica (Movistar). Both Claro and Movistar currently compete against the state telecom, ICE (Kolbi) for the mobile telephony and internet...

Can Users Refuse To Have Their Customer Service Call Recorded?

Q COSTA RICA - A call to customer service should be a private matter. At least that is the reasonable expectations of clients calling to make a complaint or obtaining assistance about a service there are paying for. However, a recent conversation between an irate...

Tigo Prepares To Enter Costa Rica Mobile Market

Q COSTA RICA / Costa Rica may soon have a fourth Mobile Services Provider, as Tigo (Millicom) is preparing to enter the Costa Rican mobile market by bidding for the 70 MHz spectrum in the country’s forthcoming tender, reports El Financiero. Tigo, which already provides...

Free Wi-Fi “Hotpost” In Parks and Town Squares Project To Begin Next Year

(QCOSTARICA) The Espacios Públicos Conectados (Public Spaces Online) project that seeks to bring free wireless internet access or "hotspots" to residents of 72 cantones (counties) across the country will begin next year. Between 2017 and 2022, some US$32 million dollars from the National Telecommunications Fund...

Costa Rica To Provide 140,000 Poor Families With Computers And Internet

Costa Rica is planning to provide computers and a fixed internet connection for 140,000 household, as part of the "Hogares Conectados" (Connected Homes) program of the National Telecommunications Fund (Fonatel), managed by the Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (Sutel) - Superintendency of Telecommunications. The program consists of...

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...

Say Goodbye To Roaming

(QCOSTARICA) Claro was the first, then followed by Movistar, to remove the mobile telephony barriers in Central America, eliminating "roaming" charges. Both Claro and Movistar have service in Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, and Mexico, where users visiting other countries can now make...

SUTEL Nixes Tigo – Telecable Merger

QCOSTARICA - The Telecommunications Superintendency - Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (SUTEL) - fearing marking concentration nixed the plan for Tigo and Telecable to continue with its process of integration into a single company. Last December, the two companies presented a formal application to merge. tHE Manager of...

Ultra Fast Internet Coming To Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Can you imagine internet up to 100 MBps in Costa Rica? Sounds far-fetched? Think again. At least in San José. The state telecom, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) and China's Huawei Technologies have teamed up to put into operation RANGE before the...

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...

Tigo Announces International Calling Number For Costa Rica

Families and friends separated by distance, can now communicate more easily and at more competitive prices, thanks to the introduction of the "Número Internacional Tigo” (International Number by Tigo). The service consists of the purchase of a phone number abroad that, when dialed from the...

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