Axon Consulting strengthens position in LatAm with Costa Rica contract

Axon Consulting has been selected to review existing Costa Rican framework for the universalisation of telecommunication services.

Adding to its increasing list of institutional projects, Axon Partners Groups’ consulting division (Axon Consulting) has been selected to support the Telecoms Regulator in Costa Rica (SUTEL) in shaping the tools for developing telecommunication services in the country. Axon Consulting will advise on SUTEL’s universalisation strategy (via its Universal Service Fund FONATEL) to ensure the accessibility and affordability of telephony and broadband services to as many communities and people as possible.

Axon Consulting will evaluate the digital divide in Costa Rica, review the regulatory framework for Universal Service and Access and support the development of the regulatory and legal tools to impose specific obligations to operators for services’ universalisation. This will support FONATEL’s current strategy of reducing the digital divide through investment in infrastructure and telecommunications services projects (subsidised private initiatives via tendering), which began in 2013. FONATEL has successfully launched several projects, totaling an investment of $71 million, to provide voice and broadband Internet services to certain rural regions covering 500,000 people.

Axon’s work will now enable SUTEL to understand the implications of the digital divide from a strategic and costing perspective and to consider alternatives for the universalisation of services in Costa Rica based on best international practices.

This project places Axon in a strategic position in the development of telecommunication services and their universalisation in Latin America, as well as in the definition of broadband strategy plans. Recently, as part of the ‘Broadband for all’ initiative, Axon Consulting has assessed the financial implications of including broadband access within the scope of Universal Service Obligations on behalf of the European Commission. Furthermore, Axon Consulting is a leading contributor to this type of public policies and regulations in Europe; Axon has revised and developed the methodologies for determining the Net Cost of the Universal Service in Spain, Portugal, Greece and Italy.

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