According to reports in the Costa Rican press, state-owned fixed line telecoms incumbent, Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), has objected to a rival establishing a number of public telephone booths which use VoIP technology. Intertel Worldwide has reportedly set up call boxes in 18 areas of San Jose, Cartago, Alajuela and Heredia, offering calls to the US for CRC37 per minute, in direct competition with ICE’s rate of CRC130. ICE has since filed a charge with the Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (SUTEL), the new telecommunications regulator. ICE claims that it is being forced to observe certain regulations while competitors like Intertel are not.
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