Awards: Telecoms Projects for $10 million

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.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

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.

From a statement issued by the Superintendence of Telecommunications (Sutel):

The Superintendency of Telecommunications (Sutel) today gave its approval for the trust managed by the National Bank of Costa Rica to proceed with the award of public tender contracts published in the Online Communities Program, which will provide phone and broadband Internet services in six counties in the south of the country, through the implementation of the resources of the National Telecommunications Fund (FONATEL).

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