Firm selected to transfer cell numbers for customers

Changing a cell telephone provider but keeping the same number would seem to be an easy task.

But that does not appear to be the case. The Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones said Tuesday that it has selected the Spanish firm Informática El Corte Inglés as the company that will offer this service of portability.

The agency selected the company after the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad could not agree with the four private firms on who should do the job.

There still will be about six months before the system goes into effect, said the Superintendencia. Portability is provided for in the telecom law, but no procedure was specified.

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