Bureaucracy Slows Broadband Penetration in Costa Rica

The multitude of paperwork and the Fondo Nacional de Telecomunicaciones are the obstacles preventing major progress in implementing fast internet services in Costa Rica.

Monday, May 6, 2013

"There is a significant increase (according to preliminary reports) in the number of broadband internet connections. This is despite the fact that there have been delays in major projects for the country and which could make us progress faster," said Rowland Espinoza, Deputy Minister of Telecommunications.

"These projects are the one by Racsa and the Swedish company Via Europa to create an ultra fast fiber optic network, which promises to give surfing speeds from 10 Mbps and at competitive rates, and the New Generation Open Network, known as project Range, by the ICE, combining copper and fiber technologies, " noted an article in Elfinancierocr.com.

However, the biggest delay is in the initiatives to be developed with funds from the National Telecommunications Fund (Fonatel) such as connections in intelligent schools, health and community centers .

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