Posted by: Idioma Extra | November 2, 2010

Tuesday´s News

Costa Rica’s Cellular Market Opening With More Delays


The road to cellular competition in Costa Rica has been a long one, with delay after delay after delay pushing back the 2011 target date.

The process of awarding licenses to three operators to compete with the state telecom, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), is currently underway. However, due to problems raised by interested bidders has forced the telecom regulator to push back, once more, the approval to January next year instead of this month.

The Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (SUTEL) says it will submit applications of the three winning bidders to the Executive Branch (government) by mid January 2011, instead of this month (November).

Notwithstanding, the SUTEL assures that the September 2011 deadline will be met.

The opening of the telecommunications began several years ago. Changes to Costa Rica’s telecommunications law was required to allow competition to ICE and an open market as part of the government’s commitment and obligation as a condition for entry into the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA).

The operators showing interest in Costa Rica’s cellular market include Cable & Wireless, Telefonica, Claro, Digicell and Millicom.

Word of the Day

Pronunciation: \ˈrōd\
Origin: Middle English rode, from Old English rād ride, journey; akin to Old English rīdan to ride
First Known Use: 14th century
1: roadstead —often used in plural
2 a: an open way for vehicles, persons, and animals; especially: one lying outside of an urban district : highway b : roadbed 2b
3: a route or way to an end, conclusion, or circumstance <on the road to success>
4: railway
5: a series of scheduled visits or appearances (as games or performances) in several locations or the travel necessary to make these visits <the team is on the road> <on tour with the musical’s road company>
road·less adjective
— down the road: in or into the future

More Vocabulary

Assure: v. to make certain the coming or attainment of 
Notwithstanding: adv.
nevertheless, however
Target date: n. the date set for an event or for the completion of a project, goal, or quota
Underway: adv. in progress

Love those Phrasal Verbs!

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