NP back on track, launch set for 30 Nov

30 Apr 2013

Number Portability (NP) will be available in Costa Rica from 30 November 2013, following delays caused by legal action from incumbent provider and former monopoly holder ICE. TeleSemana writes that the Number Portability Technical Committee (CTPN), which consists of representatives of the nation’s wireless network and service operators, have signed an agreement to introduce NP. The deal was put on hold after ICE sought an injunction against the selection of El Corte Ingles as administrator for the system. The administrative court rejected ICE’s request, however. ICE has sought to apply the brakes to the implementation of NP, filing multiple requests to the regulator to halt or slow its introduction. More recently, ICE looked to hold up the process by blocking the selection of an administrator for the system. The selection process required a unanimous decision from all members of the CTPN, but as had been anticipated, ICE cast its vote against its fellow carriers, obliging regulator Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (Sutel) to intervene. Sutel backed the decision of ICE’s rivals in the selection of El Corte Ingles.