ICE Invests $22 Million in Radio System

The system was purchased from Motorola, and the institute will use it for internal communications.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The $22 million purchase by the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE), amounts for operation and maintenance costs.

"For the system the institute will use several granted concessions, which include 160 channels of radio frequencies", reported Elfinancierocr.com.

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Costa Rica: Mobile Telephony Frequencies Still Blocked

December 2009

The accord previously announced by the Executive, meant to free several bands of the radio spectrum, is being blocked by bureaucratic obstacles.

If this agreement, negotiated by the Executive and the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (current holder of the telecomm monopoly in Costa Rica), is not enacted, President Oscar Arias cannot order the Telecomm Superintendence to start auctioning the frequencies.

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.

Costa Rican ICE’s $40 million Deficit

June 2012

Adapting to a competitive market is being costly for the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, which in 2011 accumulated losses of $40 million and a negative return of 2, 1%.

Already in 2011 the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) has had to "seek waivers or amendments with eight of its creditors", according to an article in Elfinancierocr.com, because it failed to maintain the necessary financial indicators to fill the banks with confidence.

$30 million for ICE billing system

February 2009

The Costa Rica Institute of Electricity received proposals for $30.4 and $30.7 million from GBM and Soin respectively.

The renovation of the billing system is a part of a set of modernization projects to prepare the company, up to now a monopoly, for the opening of the telecommunications market.

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