Cable Onda S.A., Cable & Wireless Panama and Liberty Technologies won the 4 year contracts to implement the service of nationwide public internet access in Panama.
Thetenderaims to provide WiFi Internet Access Points in three regions and a system for administration of the network. The winning companies were Cable Onda, S.A., Cable & Wireless Panama, S.A. and Liberty Technologies Corp., for a total amount of $21.6 million for the next four years, distributed as follows:
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.
The only countries in America where mobile phone prices are still regulated are El Salvador and Costa Rica. It is no coincidence that these countries are among the last in the rankings for speed of mobile internet services.
The Board for Service Advisory and Universal Access in Panama is putting out to tender public internet access service at the national level for the National Internet Network, for a period of 48 months.
"In 2001, Costa Rica was near the top of the list of countries with the best connections together with powers such as South Korea".
Now, the State of the Internet report, by Akamai Technologies, reveals that from 2014 to 2015, Costa Rica continued to lose position in the global ranking of average connection speed, and from a poor 94th place has become worse, listed at 102, according to an article on Nacion.com
The state run telecommunications company has announced it will be investing $100 million in internet infrastructure to offer broadband and fiber optics services.
The general manager of the Honduran Telecommunications Company (Hondutel), Jesus Mejia, said in remarks published by Latribuna.hn that they will be investing approximately $100 million, about 2,200 million lempiras to increase supply in two market segments.
Competitiveness in the production of goods and services is directly dependent on the adoption of digital technologies, meaning that having connectivity is vital.
The World Bank is analyzing the impact of the internet and mobile telephony in economic development and the "digital dividend" generated by improving economies in general and the business sector in particular, and its productivity through digital technologies.
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.