Costa Rican Government Moves To Streamline Procedures For Erection of Mobile Communications Towers
Mobile telephone operators looking to Costa Rica as a new market just got a boost from the central government who is working with local municipalities to ensure that operators will not face long and tiresome processes in setting up their communications towers.
The Poder Ejecutivo (Exectuive Power) will be issuing a decree and with municipal regulations the process of obtaining permits and procedures for the installation of towers will be simplified.
The aim is to give greater confidence and more agility to companies wishing to invest in the mobile market in Costa Rica.
Later this month, the Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (SUTEL) will be releasing the cellular bidding cartel that will complete the opening of the telecommunications market.
In addition to the state owned Instituto Costarricense Electricidad (ICE), three other operators will be allowed to compete in Costa Rica’s cellular telephone market.
Looking to get approval are companies like América Móvil, a holding company forming the fourth largest mobile network operator in terms of equity subscribers, one of the largest corporations in Latin America, and the world, with its primary trade name “Claro”; Digicel, a mobile phone network provider covering parts of Oceania, Central America, and the Caribbean regions; Cable & Wireless, a British telecommunications company; and, Movistar, a major mobile phone operator owned by Telefónica Móviles operating in Spain and in many Latin American countries.