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Costa Rica International Context
Costa Rica has had a positive performance in the international context concerning telecommunications, according to the World Economic Forum ranking. Using the Network Readiness Index, the ranking positions Costa Rica in 49th place worldwide and in 3rd place in Latin-American level. In affordability, the Affordability Index built by A4AI, positions Costa Rica in 1st place of developing countries, surpassing Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, amongst others.

Analyzing Costa Rica’s position in telecommunications services, it
positions in 4th place on fixed phone service penetration in Latin America, and amongst top 10 countries with most mobile phone service penetration in the world. It also positions in 5th place worldwide with most subscription proportion in mobile phone service on prepaid payment method.

Regarding fixed internet service, Costa Rica occupies 4th place in Latin America context, and leads in mobile internet penetration, positioning close to countries like Norway and United Kingdom. Additionally, Costa Rica reaches a 2.6% in income relating to GDA, such as Uruguay, Peru and Mexico.

Table 1. Networked Readness Index Ranking. Costa Rica's Position in Latin American Context
2010-2015

Position2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015
1 Chile Chile Chile Chile Chile
2 Uruguay Uruguay Panamá Panamá Uruguay
3 Costa Rica Panamá Uruguay Costa Rica Costa Rica
4 Brasil Costa Rica Costa Rica Uruguay Panama
5 Colombia Brasil Brasil Colombia Colombia
6 Panamá Colombia México Brasil Mexico
7 México México Colombia México El Salvador
8 Dominican Republic Dominican Republic Dominican Republic Ecuador Brasil
9 Perú Argentina El Salvador Perú Peru
10 El Salvador Guatemala Argentina Dominican Republic Argentina
Source: SUTEL, Directorate-General for Markets


Table 2. Affordability Index Top 5 Emerging and Developing Economies
2014

PositionEmerging EconomiesDeveloping Economies
1 Costa Rica Rwanda
2 Colombia Nigeria
3 Turquía Morocco
4 Malaysia Uganda
5 Peru Kenya
Source: SUTEL, Directorate-General for Markets


Table 3. Affordability Index Scores by Country
2014

Position CountryCommunication Infraestructure AccessAffordability Index
1 Costa Rica 48.11 77.52 63.37
2 Colombia 58.77 66.38 63.13
3 Turkey 56.31 67.47 62.43
4 Malaysia 53.55 68.46 61.52
5 Perú 58.02 60.20 59.59
6 Brasil 57.42 56.86 57.57
7 Mauritius 49.74 63.77 57.18
8 Ecuador 44.56 59.42 52.31
9 Argentina 47.32 55.57 51.75
10 Rwanda 49.05 53.63 51.64
Source: SUTEL, Directorate-General for Markets


Graphic 1. Fixed Telephone Subscriptions per 100 Inhabitants2013Percentages

Costa Rica subscriptions in 2014, fell to 18,5%

Source: SUTEL, Directorate-General for Markets based on the International Telecommunication Union.

Graphic 2. Mobile Phone Service Subscriptions per 100 Inhabitants2013Percentages

Costa Rica subscriptions in 2014, fell to 149%

Source: SUTEL, Directorate-General for Markets based on the International Telecommunication Union.

Graphic 3. Average Income per inhabitant and percentage of prepaid subscriptions by country2013

Source: SUTEL, Directorate-General for Markets based on the International Telecommunication Union statistics.

Graphic 4. Fixed Internet Access per 100 Inhabitants2013Percentages

Fixed Internet Access Penetration per 100 Inhabitants in Costa Rica 2014, amounted to 11%

Source: SUTEL, Directorate-General for Markets based on the International Telecommunication Union.

Graphic 5. Mobile Internet Access Penetration per 100 Inhabitants2013Percentages

Mobile Internet Access Penetration per 100 Inhabitants in Costa Rica 2014, amounted to 90%

Source: SUTEL, Directorate-General for Markets based on the International Telecommunication Union statistics.

Graphic 6. Total Income Ratio of Telecom Sector Relative to GDP2013Numbers in Percentages

Source: SUTEL, Directorate-General for Markets based on the International Telecommunication Union and the World Bank.