Costa Rica: Two High-Speed Networks?

If the announcements made become a reality, there will be two fiber optic networks providing households with access to broadband digital services, with a subsidiary competing with its parent company.

Monday, September 3, 2012

An article in Elfinancierocr.com reports on the characteristics of both projects:

Racsa-VíaEuropa Project:
- After five years of negotiations, Racsa has signed an agreement with the Swedish company VíaEuropa to build an super fast fiber optic Internet network that is open and symmetrical.

-It is a superfast Internet fiber optic network for homes and companies. It is expected to have minimum speed of 10 Mbps.

It has been said that it will cover the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM), but coverage will depend on demand for the service.

-The details of the investment have not been disclosed. It has been revealed that Racsa will use their experience in the market.

-The plan is to start construction of the network in early 2013. It will use the model of direct recruitment.


ICE’s Project Range:
-Combines copper and fiber connections for households around the whole country and fiber for the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM).

-It will first come to the GAM, then provincial capitals and other areas. It will make use of Fonatel in order to provide universal service.

-$40 million, which will be handled under the scheme of a trust, will be used to get the works started.

-The initial plan was to start marketing the service before December. The tender has still not been published.



More on this topic

Multiservice Optical Fiber Network in Costa Rica

August 2012

The state run company RACSA has signed a contract with the Swedish company Vía Europa in order to provide optical fiber multiservices, including very high-speed Internet.

Under the agreement, the company Vía Europa will construct, operate and maintain the infrastructure for a fiber optic network and manage the services market.

Fiber Optic Network Project Re-Evaluated

December 2011

The president of Costa Rica Laura Chinchilla is meeting with representatives from the Swedish company that designed an open network that would bring high-speed connections to Costa Rican homes.

After the state run company Radiographic Costarricense (RACSA), a subsidiary of Grupo Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), rejected the project, despite recognizing the benefits it would bring to the general population, arguing that "it was not good business for the group ", the theme is being taken up by the aforementioned president, who has apparently questioned the decision to abandon the project.

Neutral Fiber Optic Network Project Canceled

November 2011

Racsa has rejected a proposal by the Swedish company Via Europa to build a fiber optic network for homes in Costa Rica, which would be open to all Internet service providers.

An announcement by the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) about its project, Range, to build a network to provide connections to the Internet via fiber optic and copper lines, seems to be the reason for the abandonment of this similar project driven by Radiográfica Costarricense (RACSA) .

Fiber Optic to Homes in Costa Rica

August 2011

A project by a subsidiary of the ICE Group, which aims to build network infrastructure capable of delivering digital content at speeds between 100 Mbps and 1 Gbps, has been approved.

The project, pending since 2008, endorses the building of the high speed internet network by Radiographic Costarricense (RACSA) .

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