Mobile Casinos in Costa Rica - July 2024

Mobile casinos in Costa Rica

Despite the fact that the online gambling industry in the country is growing fast, and there are hundreds of online casinos operating out of Costa Rica, there are no mobile casinos in the country so far. It is probably because Costa Rica is the least liberalized telecom market in Latin America, and all innovations face difficulties. 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. Currently new providers started accessing the country, i.e. Claro, Movistar, offering better packages in both landline and mobile Internet. The country has the second highest Internet penetration for Latin America after Chile. According to statistics – 35% of the cellphone users have Internet access on their phones. It means that there are up to 1.4 million users who use their phone for Internet access. Around 1.04 million have smartphones. So, the story of mobile devices in Costa Rica is just beginning, and the future of mobile casinos will depend on availability of mobile devices to the general population.