QCOSTARICA – The Coordination Commission for Installing or Expanding Telecommunications Infrastructure has presented the first Action Plan of Costa Rica. The plan is based on four pillars, ranging from the improvement and issue of standards, the optimal use of resources and existing infrastructure, to informing and training officials of state institutions and creating mechanisms for interagency coordination.
According to estimates by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones – MICITT), the cost of the Action Plan is ¢255 million colones (around US$465.600 dollars) for the period 2015-2017.
In addition, Costa Rica is investing US$300 million dollars for the development of five program to promote internet access.
As for the regulatory framework, it was agreed to issue new regulations to support public telecommunications networks and infrastructure sharing. In addition, modifications are expected to the decree establishing norms, standards and competencies of public bodies for approval of the installation of telecommunications networks.
These regulations must be completed by the end of the second quarter of 2016.