Tender for 3G lines in Costa Rica to be modified

The Costa Rica Institute of Electricity (ICE) will have to adjust the terms of some clauses in the tender to buy 950,000 third generation (3G) lines.

Monday, November 3, 2008

The changes will come after the Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic accepted the objections to the tender presented by three companies.

These were Huawei, ZTE and Nokia-Siemens, who in October sent their objections to the Office of the Comptroller General.

Representatives from these companies and the ICE held to meetings to present their points.

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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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