Costa Rica

ICE files complaint over fixed telephony regulations

Bnamericas Published: Monday, April 04, 2016

Costa Rica's state-owned telco Grupo ICE has filed a complaint with the supreme court over new portability regulations for fixed telephony published by telecom regulator Sutel.

The operator claims that the regulations are unconstitutional and go against the free trade agreement between the Dominican Republic, Central America and the US, reports local news outlet El Mundo.

The regulations allow for the introduction of competitors to provide public telephony services, without the need for a corresponding concession.

"Both the constitution and the FTA state that public fixed telephony is not open to competition, but only to those who hold a special legislative grant, which, until today, had only been granted to ICE," said the company's telecommunications manager Jaime Palermo.

This is not the first time ICE and Sutel have clashed this year; the telco sued the watchdog for interfering with rates, as well as claiming that the regulator's outdated practices result in discriminatory treatment.

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