Mobile phones are far more than fixed-line devices

A demand generated in part by access to the Internet has caused ownership of mobile telephones to reach about 2.1 million in the country, according to data released at the legislature Thursday.

Meanwhile, the fixed-line service provided by the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad has shown a modest increase to something less than 500,000 lines, said the data. In January 2011 there were about 690,000 mobile telephones and about 375,000 fixed lines. That was when private companies began operation here and when the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad began promoting a service that could provide Internet access for small wireless devices.

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