No pre-paid cellphones in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has no pre-paid system for cellphones, and that can't be right, Carlos Dalton writes in La República. Not only is pre-paid service one of the best businesses in telephony, it also provides solidarity with the most needy members of society.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Institutions such as the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) were established to offer electrical and communications services to all the nation's inhabitants. One has to ask: What are the ICE board and management doing to provide a service that not only makes sound business sense for them (the profitability of the state telephone company) but also is in the interests of the nation's people?

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Costa Rica: Pre-Paid Cell Phones Continue On Hold

February 2009

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.

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.

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.

ICE to offer celular lines with telephone in Costa Rica

June 2008

The immanent opening of the telecommunications market has led the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) to design a strategy to compete with multinational companies that arrive in the country.

The state institute plans to meet the challenge by offering the same services as their competitors even before they arrive.

Costa Rica: New reversal for 3-G technology

April 2008

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.

"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."

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