Costa Rican telecoms regulator the Superintendency of Telecommunications (Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones, Sutel) has determined that there is effective competition in four of eleven markets it has analysed and, as such will no longer impose tariff regulations on those sectors. The four areas deemed to be competitive are: international telephony, fixed internet, international roaming and transit telecommunications. ‘These services will no longer have tariff regulation after the publication of this decision in the Official Gazette. As market regulator, Sutel will continue to monitor the quality of services, to protect the rights of users and intervene as sectoral competition authority, if it detects anticompetitive practices,’ Sutel chairman Manuel Emilio Ruiz Gutierrez explained.
Of the other markets analysed, the fixed telephony, termination on individual fixed networks, termination on individual mobile networks and origination markets were deemed to have no effective competition, and would remain subject to tariff controls. A decision on the final three markets – local loop unbundling services, access and origination on a mobile network and mobile telecommunications – has been postponed until Q1 2017 due to differences in the information provided by operators.