Costa Rica delays MNP

28 Oct 2011

Costa Rica’s telecoms regulator, Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (Sutel) will not be able to provide mobile number portability (MNP) when Movistar Costa Rica and Claro launch commercial services later this year, reports Inside Costa Rica. Sutel had planned to have MNP available as soon as the current wireless monopoly ended, however complications relating to the distribution of costs has forced the watchdog to push back the planned MNP service which it now expects to be delayed by up to a year. Maryleana Mendez, the president of Sutel, defended the actions of the regulator, pointing to the late introduction of MNP in Chile, which has had an open wireless market for more than a decade.