providers free to set their own
prices, according to
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
operators in the country are able to
establish their own prices and to
create their plans in the way it
best suits them, without having to
go through any regulatory process,
according to the Superintendencia de
The Superintendencia confirmed the
free competition status after
rejecting an appeal filed by the
Ombudsman's Office which
hoped to prevent the move.
September 18, The
Superintendencia gave Claro, ICE and
Movistar the freedom to define the
voice and data packages prices they
want. Prior to
prices were regulated by the
Superintendencia and could not be
changed except by a process of
hearings and studies.
For operators, this
will mean greater options to vary
They can, for example, offer
packages of data and voice different
from the current ones, without
having to be tied to the maximums or
minimums as before.
The main opponent of the move has
been the Ombudsman's Office, which
filed an appeal to try to reverse
the decision. In their appeal, the
office claimed that the
Superintendencia had not proved that
there was a real competition
as they used market studies
with a one year gap.
The Ombudsman said that there had
been very few changes in the market
in the last 12 months and the
declaration would not mean more
benefits to the consumers.
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The Constitutional Chamber of
the Supreme Court still studies
another appeal against the open
market status in telecom.
Superintendencia rejected the
appeal by saying "the presence
of a few operators in the market
does not imply that there are no
competitive conditions in the
country. All mobile
benefited user with lower prices
since the opening of the market
is due to competitiveness."
"The study is consistent with
the methodology of analysis
previously approved - after a
public consultation process
carried out in 2015 - for the
review of telecommunication
markets, so that the analysis
performed adheres to each of the
parameters had established."
added the Superintendency.
According to the latest report,
by 2016 there were a total of
6.4 million subscriptions in
prepaid mobile services and 1.8
million in yearly plans, as well
as 5.2 million mobile internet
Libre de Golfito expands its operation
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Déposito Libre de Golfito, a duty free
commercial zone in the south area of Costa
Rica, will build 14 new premises to
replace some that burned a few years ago.
The Junta de Desarrollo de la Zona Sur de
Costa Rica, the organisation in charge of
the Depósito, granted the
construction project to the Banco de Costa
This initiative was made possible after a
reform to the Ley de Judesur, which will
allow the surpluses of the
institution to be used in the project on a
In addition to the 14 premises, the organization will build two
new electrical modules that will
provide the power required by the new
"With these works, the Depósito will have
a significant commercial twist in terms of
infrastructure, product portfolio and new
services”, said Edwin
Duarte, member of the Executive Board. “We intend to
attract more visitors to this area."
The Déposito Libre Comercial de
Golfito is a duty-free site where
most of Ticos buy clothing,
household appliances and liquor.
premises are expected to create 50
direct jobs and more income from new
rentals and tax revenues, which will
in turn, foster new development
projects for the cantons of Osa,
Buenos Aires, Golfito, Coto Brus and
believe that we must first invest in
the Free Deposit, which is the main
source of development here in the
south and then harvest the results,"
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