Movistar leads up to full launch

20 Oct 2011

Movistar Costa Rica, a subsidiary of Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica, has begun a pre-subscription programme in the run-up to its full commercial launch, reports Inside Costa Rica. The process allows prospective customers to receive reduced rates at launch by registering their interest in signing up to one of Movistar’s pre- or post-paid plans. Pay-as-you-go customers that pre-registered will benefit from a special tariff of CRC10 (USD0.02) per minute to other pre-paid Movistar customers on Sundays, whilst post-paid subscribers will receive a similar bonus for Sundays and Holidays.

The cellco has remained tight-lipped regarding the exact date that its services will become commercially available, but has said it expects to launch in a ‘couple of weeks’. Movistar has faced numerous delays since it purchased its licence in June this year. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, Movistar and Costa Rica’s other new entrant into the wireless sector, America Movil’s Claro, hit a stumbling block when acquiring permission to erect masts. Jorge Abadia, Movistar’s director in Costa Rica has placed some of the blame for delays on the shoulders of the telecoms regulator the Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (Sutel); Abadia claims that the provider is still waiting for a numbering prefix from Sutel.

Regarding the extent of the network’s coverage, Abadia said that ‘we will not have from the first day the 100% coverage that we would like and we will achieve’ but remained confident that it would meet its obligation to have complete coverage of the San Jose metropolitan area by July 2012, and would offer nationwide coverage by 2016.