ICE Invests $17 Million in GSM Network

The Costa Rican Electricity Institute will extend the coverage of its GSM network with 215 new radio bases.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Facing increased demand for GSM phone lines, the institute will buy new ones and make them available to consumers in July.

The decision to invest in GSM would be in response to little consumer interest for 3G devices and technology.

Eduardo Doryan, executive president of the Institute, told that “ICE also wants to improve the 3G platform, to position it among consumers with higher purchasing power”.

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