Competition Boosts Costa Rica Wireless

Costa Rica's wireless subscriptions jumped 41 percent last year. Here a consumer in capital San Jose. (Photo: Marco Monge/La Republica)

Latin America wireless subscriptions reach 650.4 million.


After less than two years of wireless telecommunications competition, Costa Rica is showing dramatic results.

It now has Latin America’s seventh-highest wireless penetration, according to a Latinvex analysis of International Telecommunications Union (ITU) data for 20 countries last year. That compares with a rank of 14 in 2011 and 18 in 2010.

Overall, Latin America increased the number of wireless subscriptions last year by 4.2 percent to 650.4 million, according to the Latinvex analysis. Five new countries now have penetration rates above 100 percent, while two slipped below that rate, bringing the total to 12 nations. 

Brazil remains the top market in total number of subscriptions, while Panama...

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