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%.
While in other countries there are a greater variety of packages and lower prices than those offered in Costa Rica, lack of modernization of networks and costs are preventing operators from improving their services.
At present, only 56% of the population has internet access and of this total 80% use services with download speeds of 1 Mbps, 10% with 2 Mbps and less than 1% use download services with over 10 Mbps.
With resources from the National Telecommunications Fund the infrastructure required to provide services in the north of the country will be built.
The municipalities of San Carlos, Los Chiles, Guatuso and Upala have signed an agreement to expedite the process needed to be completed by the telecommunications companies Claro and Movistar in order to install base stations and to provide Internet service in the area.
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 Directorate General of Public Procurement in Panama will receive bids for a framework agreement for IT products, networks, communications, and interactive solutions for the period 2012 to 2014.
The purpose of the tender is to select and contract a proponent or proponents with which it will sign a Framework Agreement to provide the supply of goods, networks, communications and interactive solutions for government entities, according to requirements in the technical tender specifications.