New telecoms regulator in place by year-end

14 Sep 2006

Costa Rica’s public utilities regulator Aresep has officially accepted plans to create a new regulator for the telecoms sector, reports BNAmericas citing local daily Diario Extra. As it stands Aresep has authority to regulate Costa Rica’s incumbent telecoms operator ICE, but not the wider sector. Plans for a separate telecoms regulator, which will be called Sutel, are included in a bill aimed at liberalising the sector and preparing ICE for privatisation. The creation of Sutel requires changes to Aresep’s mandate and these must also be approved ahead of liberalisation. Sutel will also be responsible for the regulation of spectrum, a task currently dealt with by the National Radio Control Office (ONCR), and is tasked with ensuring fair competition in the market.