Tigo takes Sutel to court over Telecable merger

19 Jan 2016

Tigo Costa Rica has taken legal action against telecom sector regulator the Superintendency of Telecommunications (Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones, Sutel) regarding its decision in April 2015 to reject the merger between Tigo and Telecable. El Financiero quotes Tigo’s corporate affairs manager Norman Chaves Boza as saying that: ‘An appeal to the Administrative Court was filed against the Superintendency for the non-approval of the application to merge with Telecable, and procedural aspects related to the handling of the case.’ The official added that no economic claim has been made against Sutel but could not provide further details on the case whilst the matter is still pending in the court.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Tigo agreed to acquire Telecable in December 2014 for USD82.9 million but the deal was rejected in April 2015 on the grounds that it would reduce competition in the pay-TV market in some areas of the country.

Costa Rica, Millicom Cable Costa Rica (Tigo), Telecable Economico