Costa Rica: Pre-Paid Cell Phones Continue On Hold
The Comptroller’s Office of the Republic ordered ICE to analyze if the price offered by Huawei Technologies would permit it to comply with the contract.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Esteban Oviedo in an article of Nacion.com writes: "The controlling institution revised the order passed last Monday, when they annulled the awarding of the contract to the Chinese company. This happened after the business lowered its initial price and offered a discount of almost 40% (of $3.7 million).
The Comptroller’s Office rejected the awarding of a total of 2.5 million prepaid lines for cellular and land line telephone systems, granted to the Chinese Huawei Technologies.
Chinese business has accumulated a total of $266 million in contracts with the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE).
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.
Three appeals against the process for acquiring the equipment need for the system will delay the marketing of that technology.
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