Costa Rica’s fixed line incumbent ICE is lobbying members of congress to vote against a proposal to open up the fixed line sector, writes BNamericas citing local newspapers. ICE president Pedro Quiros asked the ruling PLN party to ‘leave fixed line regulations as they are,’ and not approve a motion presented last week, Prensa Libre reported. Quiros reportedly said the motion ‘generated fear among those that prefer to see fixed line telephony stay in the hands of ICE.’
The Costa Rican people voted in an October referendum in favour of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (Cafta-DR) between Central America, the Dominican Republic and the US. Under the agreed text, Costa Rica promised to open its telecoms markets up to competition, and the government is now engaged in drafting a law to enact the changes.