The Republic of Costa Rica is a Central American nation bordered by Nicaragua,
Panama, the Pacific Ocean, and the Caribbean Sea. Costa Rica rates highly in terms of human development, placing
62nd on the Human Development Index.
Costa Rica does even better in terms of environmental development, ranking fifth in the 2012 Environmental Performance
Index - and first in the Americas. Other environmental accolades include "Greenest Country in the World"
(NEF, 2009) and best performing country in the Happy Planet Index (NEF, 2012).
Costa Rica was a Spanish colony for two and a half centuries. In 1821, the country claimed its independence and joined the United Provinces of Central America, a federation that later dissolved.
In 1838, Costa Rica became truly independent.
Spanish is the official language of Costa Rica and English is commonly spoken. Costa Rica is politically stable
with a high standard of living. The nation is making progress, but is still considered a developing nation. Though
its poverty rate is lower than most Latin American countries, it remains about 23 percent. Unemployment is estimated
to be 7.8 percent as of 2012.
As of July 2014, the CIA World Factbook puts Costa Rica's population at 4,755,234. Tourism and ecotourism are its
biggest industries followed by cash crops of coffee, bananas, and pineapples.
Telecommunications in Costa Rica
The CIA World Factbook reports that Costa Rica had 1.018 million main phone lines in use in 2012 and 6.151 million
mobile cellular subscribers. Its telecommunications system is considered good as far as coverage goes.
Domestically, the telecommunications system in Costa Rica uses point-to-point and point-to-multi-point microwave,
fiber-optic, and coaxial cable link systems.
Internationally, Costa Rica is connected to South America, Central America, USA, and parts of the Caribbean via
submarine cables. It is also connected to the Central American Microwave System and has two satellite earth stations.
Costa Rica had 147,258 Internet hosts in 2012 and 1.485 million Internet users in 2009. Internet World Stats puts
Costa Rica's Internet users for 2014 at 4.02 million, which is about 84 percent of the population.
Costa Rica's Telecommunications Market
As part of the CAFTA-DR (Dominican Republic-Central American FTA) free trade agreement, Costa Rica opened its telecommunications
market to competition. As with most nations that have opened telecommunications to competition, Costa Rica's residents
have benefited. The sector has grown considerably. Many telephone consumers have moved from fixed line telephone service to VoIP and mobile cellular phones
due to cost advantages and better choices.
The mobile market only recently became liberalized (late 2011). It didn't take long for new entrants, Movistar
and Claro, to gain market share. By 2013, state-owned ICE had 65 percent of the mobile market with Movistar and
Claro making up the remaining 35 percent. In mid-2015, fixed number portability is expected to become available
in Costa Rica. This is likely to continue the shift away from fixed lines to mobile cellular and VoIP.
The major fixed line service provider in Costa Rica remains state-owned ICE.
Costa Rica has the most developed broadband market in Central America. However, it's not
quite as developed as some markets in South America such as Argentina, Chile, or Uruguay. In early 2013, most Internet
users (about 67 percent) used mobile Internet access in Costa Rica. Costa Rica's telecommunications sector is subject to the General Telecommunications Law (GTL) enacted
in 2008. It is regulated by the Superintendence of Telecommunications (SUTEL) and the Ministry of Science, Technology,
and Telecommunications (MICITT). Though some governmental changes were made in 2014, the general regulatory structure
remains largely the same in this sector.
Hosting International Conference Calls
from Costa Rica
Though the telecommunications market is now open and has changed dramatically in recent years, holding international
conference calls in Costa Rica can cause some confusion and challenges. Problems with holding global calls in any
country include concerns about international calling costs and different dialing conventions.
For example, callers in the Costa Rica may worry about the cost of a global conference call with a Costa Rican
telephone number. Likewise, callers in the United States may be less concerned about the actual costs but worried
about how to dial a different country code.
The easiest, and most affordable, way to hold international conference calls in Costa Rica is to use a toll free
international conference calling service provider. We offer both toll free and local access numbers for Costa Rica
and dozens of other countries - all at competitive rates.
If you offer a toll free access number to the global conference, your participants will not pay for the call. Each
participant will be given a toll free number specific to their own countries. From there, they simply dial toll
free and join your international conference call in Costa Rica.
If you'd prefer not to pay for toll free access, you can also issue local numbers specific to each participants'
countries. For example, USA callers could choose from New York, Los Angeles, and other USA numbers while callers
in the Philippines might dial a number that's local to Manilla. Depending on their location relative to the local
access number, they may or may not incur toll charges. However, because the numbers are local to their countries,
they should have an understanding about local tolls and expected costs, if any.
By providing global conferencing access numbers specific to each country, you'll immediate overcome concerns about
dialing a foreign number. This puts participants at ease. Meanwhile, crystal clear audio results from our PSTN
telephone network and ensures call quality.
Our Costa Rica conference calling plans are available on a pay-as-you-go basis with no contract, no penalties,
no usage requirements, no monthly fees, and no risk. Hold an international conference call today and experience
a more affordable way to interact with friends, family, and colleagues around the world.
You can now have 'toll free'
multi-country conference calls from the following countries:
Antigua, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas,
Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus,
Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India,
Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Montserrat, Netherlands,
New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, St. Kitts/Nevis,
St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad, Tobago, UAE, UK, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Costa Rica international conference calling
by anyone located in Costa Rica is accomplished using a local Toll Free number in Costa Rica.
For instance, conference call participants located in Costa Rica can join a conference call with the IT team in
India along with your sales VP in New York and your associates in Hong Kong, all on the same call.
As an option, the Costa Rica teleconference call moderator can
use the dial-out feature and add more attendees into the Costa Rica conference call located in San José,
Alajuela, Cartago, Dominical, Heredia, Liberia, Puerto Limón, Puntarenas, Quesada or any other city in Costa
If your have a participant located in a country that is not listed, that participant can still access your conference
call using our local U.S. bridge number (provided upon account activation). Or, the moderator can use our dial-out feature to bring the participant in to the conference call.
As an option, the Costa Rica conference call moderator can request the dial-out feature and bring attendees
into the Costa Rica conference call located in San José, Alajuela, Cartago, Dominical, Heredia, Liberia,
Puerto Limón, Puntarenas, Quesada or any other city in Costa Rica.
Any other Costa Rican city that can access the supplied in-country toll-free Costa
Rica access number can join the call.
Partial List of Major U.S. Investors in Costa Rica:
Procter and Gamble
Standard Fruit Company (Dole)
St. Jude Medical
International Conference Call Costa Rica are
convenient whether you are located in San José or Alajuela or any other city in Costa Rica.
Attend or host an conference call from Costa Rica using the supplied Costa Rican Toll Free number.
You can be located in Costa Rica as a Conferee or the chairperson.
To use this service, the global conference call moderator or attendee in Costa Rica would simply dial the included
Costa Rican Toll Free number.
080001##### (Costa Rica access number provided upon account activation)