Many Interested in Managing $180 million

Institutions and leading companies in Costa Rica are planning to run for the position of administrator of the National Telecommunications Fund.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Some 25 entities or organizations have shown interest in the project to implement the National Telecommunications Fund (Fonatel) which has funds of $180 million.

Some of the stakeholders are: Deloitte & Touche, Ernst &Young, Fundación Comisión Asesora en Alta Tecnología (Caatec), Fundación Costa Rica-Estados Unidos (Crusa), Fundación para la Investigación de la Universidad de Costa Rica (Fundevi) and Microsoft. The complete list can be found on the website of the Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (Sutel) at, reports

Sutel’s president, Carlos Raul Gutierrez, reported that it will organize a tender process. "It should make proposals more grounded in terms of cost, definitely, the price will be very important," said Gutierrez.

Subsequently, Banco Nacional de Costa Rica (BNCR) will select the best candidates. Sutel will make the final decision

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