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Institutional details 2012
Name of Authority
Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (SUTEL)
Year created 2008
Legal document that created the authority
Ley 8642, 2008 Crea la Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (SUTEL), Decreto Nº 31681-MICIT-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.)?
n/a
Is the Regulatory Authority autonomous in its decision making?
Yes
Who approves the budget of the Regulator?
n/a
Indicate the percentage of budget financed from each source:
Award/auction of mobile licence; ; percentage: 86% Licence fees; ; percentage: 1.5% Regulatory fees; ; percentage: 12.5%
Structure of the Regulator 2012
Name of the Head of the Regulatory Authority:
Carlos Raúl Gutiérrez Gutiérrez (Presidente del Consejo de la Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones)
Is it a collegial body? Yes
Total number of members 3
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: 75
Regulatory Functions 2012
n/a Licensing
MINAET/SUTEL
R Interconnection rates
R Price Regulation
R Technical standards settings
n/a Radio frequency allocation
MINAET/SUTEL
R Spectrum monitoring and enforcement
R Numbering
R Type approval
R Service quality monitoring
R Universal Service
R Quality of service standards
R Enforcement of quality of service obligations
n/a Broadcasting
MINAET/SUTEL
NR Broadcasting content
NR Information technology
NR Internet content
Key: M - Sector Ministry
R - Regulatory Authority
Om - Other Ministry or Government body
Op - Operator
O - Other
NR - Not regulated
Recent Legislation 2012
YearLegislation
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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