A report by Akamai highlights an 8.4% drop in the average connection speed in Costa Rica in the second quarter compared to the same period last year.
Between late 2014 and June this year, Costa Rica fell 20 positions in the ranking of broadband Internet, surpassing only Paraguay, Bolivia and Venezuela. Panama recorded a slight growth of 1% in the period in question, while Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras, did not even figure in the report.
More companies are brining fiber optics to households in the greater metropolitan area of Guanacaste, promising profound changes in the market of fixed internet services.
Netsys is one of the companies which will start offering residential fiber optic services in the area of Rohrmoser, while Coopeguanacaste will be focusing on the central districts of Nicoya, Santa Cruz and Carrillo. Both companies promise lower prices than their competitors such as the state run telecom's company ICE, Tigo Star and Cabletica.
There are five projects in Costa Rica attempting to set up truly fast internet networks, and all of them are hampered by bureaucracy.
An editorial in Elfinancierocr.com explains that in Costa Rica "the five projects designed to bring high speed internet to businesses and homes are stuck."
"... First of all, it begs the question, why have five projects that are so similar? The plans by Racsa, Jasec, ESPH, Curridabat, all offer an open network (available to all service providers) using optical fiber to connect households (known as Fibre To The Home or FTTH), while the ICE is planning to use fiber combined with copper to provide it's services. "
The project will cost $40 million and will be tendered after approval of a law which establishes the rate to be paid by the users of the involved communications services.
Bill 423 states that users of fixed and mobile telephony, pay view television and internet services will have to pay between 1% and 2% in their monthly bills once the investment plan starts, reported Prensa.com.
The telecommunications company Yota has made complaints to Procompetencia of Nicaragua against America Movil, citing "media obstructions."
According to Informe Pastran: "Nicaragua's Procompetencia confirmed this afternoon that it has received an allegation from an operator in the telecommunications market for alleged unfair competitive behavior ... Although Procompetencia has not said so publicly, Informe Pastran is aware that the complaint comes from the transnational company YOTA who denounced Mexico's America Movil, operating here under the brand name Claro, in a new chapter in the war between foreign phone companies, now for the control of Internet customers ... According to Article 46 paragraph b) of Act 601, the accused party could be sanctioned if the indicated anticompetitive behaviour proves to be true... ”
A new rate will be charged to customers of telecommunications services, which will pay for underground wiring works.
The bill approved by the Council of Ministers, which will be presented to the National Assembly, would create a law to establish the rate to be paid by users of telecommunication services (telephone, cable television and internet).
Columbus Networks will invest $2 million to lay 100 km of fiber optic cable underground in Panama City.
The company plans to install a cable line that will run under the Southern Corridor road. It also owns the fiber optic cable known as ‘Arcos’, and has an ownership stake in another major communications cable, the one called Maya.
Amino will provide 38.000 set-top boxes to support ICE’s IPTV rollout.
The network operator plans to launch services in the first half of 2010, targeting up to 100,000 homes across the country. Amino will work closely with systems integrator ITS on the service rollout and will provide 38,000 units including its A125, A130M and A530 DVR (digital video recorder) STBs phased over the next two years.
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.