Costa Rica: Telecoms After Rural Telephony Project

Claro, Movistar and the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad are competing for a contract for telecommunications services in isolated communities.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

These three operators submitted bids in a contest sponsored by the Superintendency of Telecommunications (Sutel) to provide telecommunications services to residents of the communities of La Lidia, La Curia and Aguas Fría in the district of Roxana de Pococí in Limon.

The offers are being analyzed and the project will be awarded no later than September 14 . "This is an important step to consolidate the investment of resources belonging to Fonatel (National Telecommunications Fund) and the implementation of the Digital Social Agreement," said Maryleana Mendez, president of the Council of the Sutel.

Moreover, the Sutel reported in late August that it will put out a tender to bring these same services to Guatuso Upala, Los Chiles, San Carlos and Sarapiqui in the north of the country. reports: "With these initiatives, whose investment amounts to $26.7 million, the aim is to benefit 477 schools, 78 colleges, 155 EBAIS, 25 Cecis and 70 CenCinái in some of the most vulnerable areas of the country."

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From a statement issued by the Sutel:

January 5, 2017. The National Telecommunications Fund (FONATEL) through Banco Nacional, as administrator of the Trust, signed contracts with Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) and Claro to bring internet telephony to 620 vulnerable communities in the districts of Siquirres, Pococi, Guácimo, Matina, Limón and Talamanca.

Costa Rica: $26.7 million for Telecommunications Projects

May 2013

The National Telecommunications Fund plans to develop seven projects in the areas of education, social welfare, health and homes, which will feature, for the first time, internet and telephone services.

According to the Telecommunications Superintendency (Sutel), there are a total of 477 schools, 78 colleges, 155 Ebais (health centres), 25 Cecis and 70 CEN- CINAI which will be connected with a speed of 4 megabytes.

Costa Rica: No Bids for Rural Telephony

March 2013

The project to use wireless technology to bring Internet communications to isolated rural communities has not attracted any companies.

No companies showed interest in the project to provide telephone and internet services to six Costa Rican Caribbean communities. reports that "the Telecommunications Superintendency (Sutel) said that it did not receive any bids to develop the project of the National Telecommunications Fund (Fonatel) in six communities in Siquirres and Pacuarito.

Tender for Rural Telephone Coverage

October 2012

An announcement has been made in Costa Rica for a tender for a project to give rural communities mobile and fixed telephone coverage, with funding from the National Telecommunications Fund.

The National Telecommunications Fund (Fonatel) is endowed with payments for operating licenses awarded to telecom operators such as Claro and Movistar, and currently has $190 million to be used to promote access to quality, timely, efficient, affordable and competitive telecommunications services, for the inhabitants of areas of the country where the cost of investment for the installation and maintenance of infrastructure for the provision of these services is not financially profitable.