Costa Rica had a cell phone penetration of 116 percent in 2012, according to the Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones. That is due to the activation of 2.2 million cell lines between 2010 and last year, the agency said.
This percentage is greater than any other Latin country. Colombia has a penetration of 103 percent. México is at 87 percent. The United States has a 98 percent penetration.
Some of the development in Costa Rica is due to the opening of the wireless telephone market under the Free Trade Treaty with the United States. The treaty broke the monopoly of the state telephone company, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad. The new arrivals seem to have installed points of sale in every block.
The telecom agency in its first full report also noted that telephones from computers had grown to 18,144 subscribers in 2012.