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 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.
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.
A proposal has been made to draft a new telecommunications bill from scratch, completely leaving out the concepts of state control that the current proposal contains.
In the view of the private sector, the way the "Law on broadband" bill is drafted is not clear and leaves open the possibility for the State to exercise excessive control over internet access in the country. For this reason, they are asking for a consensus among all sectors to develop a new bill.
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.
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.