Costa Rica is the regional leader in 4G data consumption through mobile devices and 4G networks.
America Movil (Claro) and Telefonica (Movistar) agree that Costa Rica is the country with the highest data traffic in Central America, this is because it is the only country that does not charge for downloading data, but rather by the speed offered by providers.
A system of 17,500 km of submarine cable, designed for 100 gigabits per second, will connect the U.S. to South America through Central America.
Alcatel Lucent and America Movil plan to put into operation, in late 2013, the system known as AMX-1, connecting seven countries with eleven landing points: Miami and Jacksonville (USA), Barranquilla and Cartagena (Colombia), Fortaleza Salvador and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic), Cancun (Mexico), San Juan (Puerto Rico) and Puerto Barrios (Guatemala).
A 6,000 km long submarine cable with 100 Gigabit capacity will expand digital links between Central America and the rest of the world.
A statement from Alcatel-Lucent reads:
A consortium consisting of the telecommunications operators Cable & Wireless Communications, Setar, Telconet, Telefónica Global Solutions and United Telecommunication Services (UTS) has signed a turnkey contract with Alcatel-Lucent to deploy a 100G submarine cable network, in the Pacific Caribbean Cable System (PCCS), which will link Jacksonville Florida with Manta in Ecuador.
ICE claims that Alcatel attempted to bribe them in order to be awarded contracts, the Justice Department thinks otherwise.
The trial undertaken by the U.S. Government against the French company Alcatel, for alleged bribes to obtain contracts abroad, especially in Costa Rica, could end in an settlement between the Department of Justice and Alcatel, who would have to pay compensation of $137 million for the damage .
El Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), Costa Rica's telecommunications and electricity provider, filed a complaint in Miami, Florida, against Alcatel Lucent S.A. and other related parties.
The complaint asserts claims for violations of civil racketeering and other laws of Florida in connection with Alcatel Lucent's bribery and corruption of Costa Rican officials to secure telecommunications contracts with ICE.
To avoid prosecution in the United States for bribes paid in Costa Rica, Taiwan and Kenya, Alcatel-Lucent agreed to pay $137.4 million.
The Department of Justice of the United States will defer prosecution of Alcatel on charges it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and must enter a three-year probation period monitored by a French anti corruption monitor.
Grupo ICE, composed of the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) and its subsidiaries Radiográfica Costarricense (RACSA) and Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz (CNFL), joined the Chamber of Information and Communication Technologies of Costa Rica (CAMTIC) as a strategic partner since June 2009.