Costa Rica: New reversal for 3-G technology

A new stumbling block has triggered anxiety in users who urgently need the new advanced technology. Authorities note the stage of projects for improving connectivity.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

"They told us that the third generation of cellular telephones could be ready for 2008 and we're still waiting for it. The internet conection using 2-G cell phones is inadequate."
This was the complaint of Jui Yang Wong, one of the executives who urgently wants the high-level telecommunication service, and who had faith that the quality of service would improve with the arrival of the third generation (3-G).
Wong's skepticism could grow following the latest reversal suffered by the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity (ICE) on Monday. The General Control for the Republic refused the contract with the Central American Bank for Economic Integration to rent the high-technology telephone network for 225 million dollars.
"We can't deny that there has been a delay but it appears that the ICE is doing its best to put it in place quickly," said Alexander Mora, president of the Chamber of Information Technology and Communication (Camtic).
"The wireless internet project using Wi-Max is just as basic as bringing in the third generation, because both will establish the necessary platform for allowing mass access to the network, which will be sold to complement the pre-paid feature," he said.

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