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 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).

At first, ICE had chosen as a supplier the Swedish company Ericsson for $12.2 million for said contract, but the awarding was annulled by an appeal from Huawei."

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Costa Rica: Lines Contract Awarded to Huawei Annuled

February 2009

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.

Vanessa Loaiza in her article in writes: "The news was transmitted at the end of the afternoon in electronic version in the newspaper El Financiero.

Huawei is already the No. 1 supplier to ICE

February 2009

Chinese business has accumulated a total of $266 million in contracts with the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE).

With very aggressive pricing policies, Huawei has positioned itself in Costa Rica as the leader in the provision of networks and cellular telephone systems. This leadership position enhances its ability to obtain bids currently under way, such as for the 200 radio bases that ICE needs to acquire.

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.

Appeals delay prepaid cellular service in Costa Rica

August 2008

Three appeals against the process for acquiring the equipment need for the system will delay the marketing of that technology.

Even though the contract to purchase of the equipment was awarded to Ericsson Costa Rica on July 7, they will not be able to make the purchase until October 2 when the motions are possibly resolved.

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