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.
"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.
With funding from the Inter-American Development Bank trunk network lines and last mile lines will be will be implemented to improve the broadband network in 72 municipalities.
In the project description published on the website of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) details are given of the $40 million loan which will be used to improve the state of the broadbandnetwork, carrying out the work needed to implement trunk networks and last mile lines in 10 municipalities that are currently outside of the national network and another 59 that are connected but whose level of penetration is 0.52%, below the national average of 2.17%.
The IDB's Broadband Development Index places the country in the 3rd. place in Central America, 12th. in the Americas, and 48th. among the 63 countries in the global ranking.
The four pillars are defined, according to the broadband ecosystem (see Annex II). (1)
Public policy and strategic vision. (2) Strategic Regulation, (3) Infrastructure (measuring the access elements), and (4) Applications and Training (measuring the adoption and use).
From a report by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
In Costa Rica contracts have been awarded to the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad and Claro to provide telephony and broadband Internet services in six cantons in the south of the country.
The Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) will be responsible for developing projects in Buenos Aires, Osa, Corredores, Coto Brus and Golfito. Meanwhile Claro de Costa Rica is in charge of projects in the area of Perez Zeledon.
According to the Inter-American Development Bank, broadband access increases company productivity and allows access to more and better information helping decisions to be made efficiently and at less cost.
From a statement issued by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
The second tender planned for this year which would have allowed the entry of a fourth company into the phone market will not be completed.
According to the executive power, who took the decision to suspend the tender, there is not enough information available because the technical report of the Telecommunications Authority is "inconclusive" and contains figures which are out of date.
In Panama it is up to 5.12 Mbps, in Nicaragua 3.53, in Honduras 3.43, Guatemala 3.32, in El Salvador 3.10, and in Costa Rica up to 2.81 Mbps.
The data has been provided by Speedtest.net, which based on download speed controls made by million of users, maintains a ranking of 188 countries according to the average download speeds in Mbps over the past 30 days where the average distance between the client and the server is less than 300 miles.
The National Authority for Government Innovation has launched a program to encourage connectivity and the use and adoption of fixed and mobile broadband services in the country.
From a press release by the National Authority for Government Innovation (AIG ):
In the presence of representatives from telecommunications companies, national government authorities and representatives from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) , the National Authority for Government Innovation (AIG ), introduced the Strategic Broadband Plan of the Republic of Panama, which seeks to establish mechanisms and encourage connectivity, the use and adoption of fixed and mobile broadband services in the country.
A study by the Inter-American Development Bank estimates that an increase of 10 % in the coverage of high speed internet would increase GDP by 3.2% .
Despite being one of the countries in the region that has shown significant growth in internet penetration, Panama is limited by low speed and high service costs, prompting the Bank to conduct a study on the options of the Panamanian government to expand its broadband network.
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.