ICE Opens Up Its Telecommunications Network

Costa Rica’s state-owned electricity and telecommunications provider has interfaced its network with Ticom and CallMyWay, two telecom companies offering VOIP services.

Friday, July 16, 2010

The two companies are the first to be interfaced after presenting their requests to the Costa Rica's Telecommunications Regulator (SUTEL).

Elfinancierocr.com reports that ICE stated that, “the linking of the networks has been carried out under protest in order to comply with the SUTEL instruction. ICE considers that the regulator has resorted to procedural illegalities in order to force the interfacing of these two companies”.

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