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Mexico’s América Móvil breaks Costa Rican state cellphone monopoly with Claro brand. Spain’s Telefónica also in line

Monday, November 7, 2011


With limited coverage and with interconnection failures, Claro -- owned by Mexico’s América Móvil -- broke the cellular telecommunications monopoly of the Costa Rican state company ICE.

The Mexican firm, one of two to buy a license to operate, was ahead of Spain's Telefónica with its Movistar brand to have their network operations.

Claro, like Movistar, was the first to actually sign up customers. Movistar is still taking in pre-registrations, while the Mexican rival was the first to turn the operating switch to the "on" position.

Original source: Inside Costa Rica