Costa Rica prefers Internet to be slow but cheap

Slow but cheap connections predominate in Costa Rica's broadband market, according to the twice-yearly Cisco Broadband Barometer survey.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Cisco found that 55 percent of broadband connections in Costa Rica are 256 kbps or slower.
By international standards, slow Internet connections are cheap in Costa Rica but high-speed ones are expensive, said John Hewitt of the nation's Advisory Committe on High Technology.

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The Costa Rican Institute of Electricity purchased new systems for expanding its Advanced Internet Network.

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"Through the Advanced Internet Network, the Institute provides "Acelera" ADSL residential services (which enable phone and web connection simultaneously), from 128 kbps to 2 Mpbs", reports Elfinancierocr.com.

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