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Rates for Internet access
Concerning Internet Access with an oversubscription level of 1:20, the information regarding prices offered to users, shows a direct relation between price and connection speed. The faster the connection, the higher is the price. During 2014, the average prices were set between ¢7,233 colones for a connection speed of 256/128 Kbps and ¢30,767 if the speed reached 10.240/1.024 Kbps. The range is much lower compared to the former year, in which the rate for 10.240/1.024 Kbps reached ¢45,999 colones. On average, the rates were reduced in 1%. If the service consists in asymmetric internet access with an oversubscription level of 1:5, opposite to an oversubscription level of 1:20, the presence of various operators has as a consequence the relation between speed and rate not being present in every speed. Commercial promotions for specified connection speeds reduce prices for those connection speeds. Logically, the rates for 2014, which vary from ¢31,762 colones in a speed connection of 512/256 kbps to ¢437,416 colones if the speed is of 10240/1024 kbps, are higher than the rates registered when the oversubscription is 1:20.

For comparison effects, specifically for Internet access service with an oversubscription level of 1:20, considering the maximum tariff rates in 2009 set by ARESEP and endorsed by SUTEL by resolution RCS-615-2009, the evaluated prices show a decrease, which reaches in average a 48%. It is a result of the market opening and the increase in operators offering fixed internet.
Prepaid mobile telephony
For 2014, the operators and service providers of mobile phone service in prepaid payment method, used the maximum tariff rate stablished by the regulator in some packages offered to users. This contrasts with the ¢38 colones offered in 2013 as the maximum price. Although, a decrease took place in the minimum rate offered annually, and in some cases the minimum dropped ¢4 colones compared to 2013. In spite of the reduction of the minimum rates, it is important to notice that in general terms, the average prices for mobile prepaid phone service increased from 2% to 17%. In the postpaid payment method, the average prices offered in the market increased between a 2% to a 7% approximately.
Mobile Internet access
On the subject of Internet Access associated to mobile phone service, in particular postpaid payment method, similarity to the wired internet access service, the corresponding prices vary according to speed connection. In this sense, for 2014, the average rate varied from ¢2,998 if it reaches a maximum connection speed of 256 Kbps, to ¢24,000 colones if the maximum connection speed reaches 5.120 Kbps. When comparing the data registered for 2013, it can be deduced that the average prices applied during 2014 surpass those of the former year.

Graphic 1. Costa Rica: Asymmetric Internet access service average rates Oversubscription level 1:202013 - 2014Rate in colones

*Asumes an over subscribing level of 1:20

Source: SUTEL, Directorate-General for Markets

Graphic 2. Costa Rica: Symmetric Internet access service average rates Oversubscription level 1:202013 - 2014Rate in colones

*Asumes an over subscribing level of 1:20

Source: SUTEL, Directorate-General for Markets

Graphic 3. Costa Rica: Asymmetric Internet access service average rates Oversubscription Level 1:52014Rate in colones

*Asumes an over subscribing level of 1:5

Source: SUTEL, Directorate-General for Markets

Graphic 4. Costa Rica: Symmetric Internet access service average rates Oversubscription Level 1:52013 - 2014Rate in colones

*Asumes an over subscribing level of 1:5

Source: SUTEL, Directorate-General for Markets

Graphic 5. Costa Rica: Symmetric Internet access service average rates Oversubscription Level 1:12013 - 2014Rate in colones

*Asumes a subscribing level of 1:1

Source: SUTEL, Directorate-General for Markets

Graphic 6. Costa Rica: Asymmetric Internet access service rates comparison Oversubscription level 1:202009 - 2014Rate in colones

*Asumes an over subscribing level of 1:20

Source: SUTEL, Directorate-General for Markets

Graphic 7. Costa Rica: Max and min rates Prepaid Mobile Telephony2013 - 2014Minute rate in colones


Source: SUTEL, Directorate-General for Markets

Graphic 8. Costa Rica: Max and min Postpaid Mobile Telephony2013 - 2014Minute rate in colones

Monthly Rate in colones
Source: SUTEL, Directorate-General for Markets

Graphic 9. Costa Rica: Mobil Internet access service average rates- Postpaid Payment Method2013 - 2014

Monthly rate in colones
Source: SUTEL, Directorate-General for Markets

Graphic 10. Costa Rica: Mobil Internet access service average rates- Prepaid Payment Method2014Rate in colones


Source: SUTEL, Directorate-General for Markets