Costa Rica Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Statistics and Analyses 2019 -

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Costa Rica's liberalised telecom sector has seen substantial growth in all sectors in recent years. Although the state-owned operator ICE remains the dominant provider of fixed-line services, the regional operators Claro and Movistar are significant players in the important mobile services market.

The number of fixed-lines fell for a number of years though more recently the decline has been offset by growing consumer use of VoIP services. This was stimulated by the 2014 hike in tariffs for fixed-line calls.

Costa Rica's broadband market is the most developed in Central America, with the highest broadband penetration for this sub-region. Geographical distribution however is unequal, with a much higher digital gap than in the case of telephone services. Compared with the whole of Latin America, Costa Rica's broadband penetration lags behind Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and some Caribbean islands.

There was a steady increase in overall telecom sector revenue for a number of years, peaking at 24% 2014 though this has since fallen, being a more moderate 4.2% in 2016 and 3% in 2017. Fixed-line voice services account for about 5% of revenue while revenue from VoIP services, though increasing sharply in recent years, still accounts for only 1%.

The Costa Rican telecom sector has showed greater resilience than most others in the region, and with the implementation of number portability there is greater scope for increased competition in coming years.

Key Developments:

  • Telefnica Costa Rica sold to Millicom international;
  • ICE secures access to Telia Carriers Central America backbone network;
  • MVNO Fullmvil shuts down;
  • Movistar and Claro secure licenses at auction;
  • Liberty Latin America (LLA) acquires an 80% stake in Cabletica;
  • ICE investing more in multi-technology NGN project;
  • Coopesantos launches FttP services in areas of San Pablo, San Marcos and Santa Maria;
  • Regulator adopts LRIC model to calculate access and interconnection rates;
  • Report includes the regulators market data reports for 2017; telcos financial and operating data updates, Telecom maturity Index charts and analyses, recent market developments.

Key Topics Covered:

1 Key statistics

2 Country overview

3 Telecommunications market

3.1 Market analysis latest developments

4 Regional Latin America Market Comparison

4.1 Telecom Maturity Index by tier

4.2 TMI versus GDP

4.3 Mobile and mobile broadband penetration

4.4 Fixed and mobile broadband penetration

5 Regulatory environment

5.1 Background

5.2 Regulatory authority

5.3 Government policies

5.4 Universalisation Fund (Fonatel)

5.5 Interconnect

5.6 Access

5.7 Number Portability (NP)

5.8 Tariffs


6 Fixed network operators

6.1 ICE

6.2 Claro

7 Telecommunications infrastructure

7.1 National telecom network

7.2 Internet Exchange Points (IXPs)

7.3 International infrastructure

7.4 Wholesale

8 Broadband market

8.1 Introduction and statistical overview

8.2 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks

8.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks

8.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) and Fibre-To-The-Home (FttH)

8.5 Other fixed-line broadband services

9 Mobile communications

9.1 Market analysis

9.2 Mobile data

9.3 Mobile broadband

9.4 Regulatory issues

9.5 Mobile infrastructure

9.6 Major mobile operators

Companies Mentioned

  • Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE)
  • Tigo
  • Cable Tica.

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Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager
For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470
For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630
For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900