Costa Rica grants new DTH licences

Iñaki Ferreras | 31-10-2012

Claro TV, América Móvil, American and Daztap have each gained a licence from the government of Costa Rica to operate DTH and satellite Internet services for a period of 15 years.
These represent the first awards of satellite services from the country’s Ministry of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications after the liberalisation of the country’s comms market. Hitherto, established procedure was to give nonexclusive concessions on direct frequency allocation, implying the possibility of spectrum being used by several operators.
Currently, the DTH market in Costa Rica is dominated by three operators—Sky, Televisa and DirecTV—offering services in San Jose and rural regions where typically cable does not extend.