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.

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 Nacion.com writes: "The news was transmitted at the end of the afternoon in electronic version in the newspaper El Financiero.

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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