Chinese company wins tender for 3G network in Costa Rica

China's Huawei was chosen by the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad to execute the $235 million contract for 950.000 3G mobile phone lines.

Monday, January 12, 2009


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This was reported by elfinancierocr.com, whose article states that "This network would be installed through 2009 and would imply an increase in the number of mobile phones per inhabitant of up to 65%, reported Claudio Bermúdez, ICE's vice director of communications".

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ICE reopens tender for new 3G cellular network

October 2008

The second tender process for the 3G network will be launched this week after the failure of the first process.

If there are no more setbacks, the Costa Rica Institute of Electricity (ICE) will make changes to the tender in order to encourage more companies to participate.

Sole offer for 3G network rejected in Costa Rica

September 2008

The Costa Rica Institute of Electricity (ICE) confirmed yesterday that it has rejected Huawei Technologies' offer for 1.5 million 3G cellular lines.

The offer was too expensive and did not meet coverage requirements, declared Pedro Pablo Quirós, president of ICE.

Only Huawei participated in the bidding for this contract. Another four telephone companies refrained from participating alleging that the process lacked clarity.

Costa Rica: ICE insists on analyzing Chinese 3G offer

August 2008

ICE (Costa Rican Institute of Electricity) will continue to study the sole offer, by Huawei, to install 1.5 million third generation (3G) cellular lines in the country.

The Institute rejected a letter from President Oscar Arias, who requested that they hold a new tender process so that more companies can take part.

President of Costa Rica ask that 3G contract not be granted to Huawei

August 2008

Oscar Arias recommended to officials of the Costa Rica Institute of Electricity (ICE) that they not grant the contract for the project to the only company that participated in the bidding process.

The President said in a letter sent yesterday to Pedro Pablo Quiros, head of ICE, that the best option is to redo the process and try to get more telecommunications companies to participate.

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