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.
The country's loss of competitiveness because of the deterioration of basic infrastructure development, is replicated in the case of the internet where average speeds are only 2.8 Mbps, far from the world average and below that of most countries in the region.
Costa Rica stands out in Central America for the quality and volume of goods and services related to technology which it produces and exports.
Costa Rica has implemented a Neutral Internet Exchange Point, a concept that could be extrapolated to the entire region to reduce operating costs and increase connection speeds.
There is no need to explain the benefits that greater use of the internet brings to economic development, which is always dependent on the associated costs. The integration of internet connectivity through so-called traffic exchange points (IXP), should be incorporated into strategies for Central American integration.
The National Telecommunications Fund plans to develop seven projects in the areas of education, social welfare, health and homes, which will feature, for the first time, internet and telephone services.
According to the Telecommunications Superintendency (Sutel), there are a total of 477 schools, 78 colleges, 155 Ebais (health centres), 25 Cecis and 70 CEN- CINAI which will be connected with a speed of 4 megabytes.
The associated reduced costs are driving opportunities in developing countries for technology sectors based on satellite communications.
Elfinancierocr.com published an interview by Mónica Cordero Sancho with the Deputy Secretary of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Houlin Zhao, who recently visited Costa Rica "to leverage the discussion in the area of radio spectrums to provide satellite services. '
In a new phase of liberalization of communications, competition is beginning to stir in and satellite television and internet services.
Elfinancierocr.com reports that "The Mexican company Claro and the U.S. Datzap will be the first in the country to offer satellite services, following the opening phase of the telecommunications market. At the time of going to press, the executive order that will give the green light and allow Datzap to provide satellite television and internet, respectively, was on the list of pending documents to be signed by the President of the Republic, Laura Chinchilla. This will open a window to attract more competition in the telecommunications market. Satellite services leverage waves radiating from the country's satellites orbiting in space. This technology provides broadband internet, pay television, geolocation (GPS) and mobile telephony. "