Costa Rica: Two Bids for Cellular Market

America Movil (Claro) and Telefonica (Movistar) were the only ones to submit their cell phone service offerings.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

By January 19th, 2011, the Evaluating Commission will open the bids and report to the Superintendence of Telecommunications (Sutel), after analyzing technical issues.

Through a spokesman, Cable & Wireless reported it will not participate.

"Although present, Digicel Group Limited did not submit its bid," Elfinancierocr.com reported. "Tigo (Millicom), meanwhile, said in a press release that after several months of study and analysis decided not to participate in the bid process."

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Claro Confirms Interest in Costa Rica

October 2010

At 24 days from reception of offers, Claro is the only company which has confirmed interest in participating in Costa Rica’s mobile telephony bidding process.

Consulted by newspaper La Nación, Cable & Wireless and Millicom said they are looking at the process while Digicel and Spanish Telefonica issued no statement.

Costa Rican Telecoms Market Shakes Up

July 2010

The upcoming publication of the conditions for the opening up of telecommunications leads operators to request clearer rules.

Telecommunication companies have asked Costa Rica's Telecommunications Regulator (SUTEL) to provide greater clarity in several areas including procedures for installing Radio Bases, interfacing with networks belonging to the state-owned electricity and telecommunications provider (ICE), and microwave communication.

Costa Rica: Mobile Concessions to be Auctioned in February

January 2010

The bidding rules for getting a mobile telephony frequencies will be published on February 5th.

George Miley, president of the council of the Telecommunications Superintendent (Sutel), reported that the frequencies will be awarded on May 5th.

"Sutel will ask bidders to prove they are important companies.

Costa Rica attracts Millicom and Digicel

September 2008

At the end of 2013 mobile phone services in Costa Rica will have reached at least $1,1 billion, according to calculations by market analyst, Signal Consulting.

The forecast is based on the potential created by the opening of the sector after the creation of the Telecommunications Superintendence (SUTEL), which will paved the way for the entrance of new competitors in the local market.

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