Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Institutional details 2016
Name of Authority
Superintendencia de Telecomunicaicones (SUTEL)
Year created 2008
Legal document that created the authority
Ley 8642, 2008 crea la Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (SUTEL), Decreto N°31681-MICITT-P, 2004, crea la Comisión Nacional de Tecnologías de la Información y la Comunicación (CONATIC)
Reports to Report to Legislature/Parliament & Annual report to the Sector Ministry & Report to other Ministry
Does the Regulatory Authority also regulate other public utilities (e.g. electricity, gas, etc.)?
Is the Regulatory Authority autonomous in its decision making?
Who approves the budget of the Regulator?
Indicate the percentage of budget financed from each source:
Licence fees; ; percentage: 42,1% Fines/penalties; ; percentage: 0.1% Contributions from regulated telecom operators based on turnover; percentage: 53.6% ; percentage of operator revenue (turnover): 1.5% Other; ; Source: Otras instituciones ; ; percentage: 4.2%
Structure of the Regulator 2016
Name of the Head of the Regulatory Authority:
Manuel Emilio Ruiz Gutiérrez (Presidente del Consejo de la Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones)
Is it a collegial body? Yes
Total number of members n/a
Is the Head of the commission also responsible for day to day administrative matters? Yes
Who appoints the Members/Head?
La Junta Directiva de la Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos debiendo ser ratificados por el Parlamento
Period of appointment (years): n/a
Total number of staff in the Regulatory Authority: 129
Regulatory Functions 2016
n/a Licensing
R Interconnection rates
R Price Regulation
R Technical standards settings
n/a Radio frequency allocation
R Spectrum monitoring and enforcement
R Numbering
R Type approval
n/a Service quality monitoring
R Universal Service
n/a Quality of service standards
R Enforcement of quality of service obligations
n/a Broadcasting
NR Broadcasting content
NR Information technology
n/a Internet content
Key: M - Sector Ministry
R - Regulatory Authority
Om - Other Ministry or Government body
Op - Operator
O - Other
NR - Not regulated
Recent Legislation 2016
2009 Reglamentos del sector de telecomunicaciones
Reglamentos del sector de telecomunicaciones
2008 Ley N° 8642
Ley General de Telecomunicaciones
2008 Ley N° 8660
Fortalecimiento y Modernización de las Entidades Públicas del Sector de Telecomunicaciones
2002 Ley 8209
Ratificación del nuevo tratado centroamericano con COMTELCA
2002 Reglamento General de Telecomunicaciones
Condiciones generales de prestación del servicio
1997 Reglamento 25903
Regulation of ARESEP.
1997 Reglamento de Cooperación Paralela
Ultima versión
1996 Ley n°7593
Created ARESEP.
1996 Reglamento para los servicios celulares
Ultima versión
1995 Reglamento Tarifario Telefonico
Latest version.

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