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Costa Rica
Internet usage, broadband and telecommunications reports

Internet Usage Statistics:
2,000,000 Internet users as of June, 2012;
43.1% of the population, according to ITU.




Costa Rica - officially the Republic of Costa Rica - is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the south-southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west and south, and the Caribbean Sea to the east. Costa Rica was the first country in the world to constitutionally abolish its army.



Costa Rica Population Estimate:
4,636,348 population for 2012, according to the US Census Bureau.

Latest Country GNI Estimate:
GNI per capita was US$ 8,740 for 2012, according to the World Bank.

Country Area (Size):
51,090 sq km - Population density: 85 persons per sq km

Internet Usage and Population Growth:

YEAR

Users

Population

% Pen.

Usage Source

2000

250,000

3,693,800

6.8 %

ITU

2003

800,000

4,267,000

18.7 %

ITU

2005

1,000,000

4,301,172

23.2 %

ITU

2008

1,500,000

4,195,914

35.7 %

ITU

2012

2,000,000

4,636,348

43.1 %

ITU



Costa Rica Search Engines:

Name

Language

Description

BRUNCAS

English

Yellow Pages, White Pages, Industrial and Real Estate Directory

Costa Rica Info

English

Costa Rica directory

Costa Rica Online

English

Travel guide to hotels, tours, maps, weather and business in Costa Rica

Google

English & Spanish

Access to Costa Rica's websites and Google's general database!

Costa Rica Hotels

English & Spanish

Tourist and Travel Links

LANIC

English, Spanish & Portuguese

Costa Rica directory

TicoVista

English

Costa Rica search engine and real estate directory

dmoz

English

Open Directory about Costa Rica

Costa Rica Web

English

Web sites about Costa Rica



Costa Rica Telecommunications Market Overview & Statistics
Costa Rica is served by a relatively modern telecom infrastructure and has the second highest Internet penetration for Latin America after Chile. Yet Costa Rica is the region’s least liberalised telecom market. State-owned Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) and its subsidiary RACSA are the monopoly providers of both fixed-line and mobile telephony, Internet and data communications – in fact, of virtually all telecom services except for pay TV. Although this situation worked in the past, it is now leading to considerable problems, such as: long waiting lists for phones (mobile lines completely ran dry in December 2004); stifling of new technologies such as VoIP (which threaten ICE’s hegemony); and difficulties in implementing new convergence strategies. Get this report here.


Telecommunications, Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband in Latin America
This report provides a comprehensive overview of telecommunications in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), a region that includes some of the world's most important emerging markets.
See the table of content and executive summary here.

Costa Rica Profile:

Country Profile by the CIA

Costa Rica profile by the BBC

Wikipedia information on Costa Rica

Costa Rica News

Costa Rica News
A.M. Costa Rica daily news source.

Tico Times Online
Costa Rica and Central America news

Procomer
PROCOMER Costa Rican Trade Promotion Agency (in Spanish).




Click on this link to see the latest Telecommunications Market Reports for Central America. More statistics, figures and updates become available all the time.

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