Tender: Telephony and Internet Services for $37 million

The Superintendency of Telecommunications in Costa Rica is inviting bids for 7 projects to provide telephony and internet services to 52 districts in the Central Pacific and Chorotega Region.

Friday, October 28, 2016

From a statement issued by the Superintendency of Telecommunications in Costa Rica:

SUTEL opens competition to bring telephony and internet services to the Central Pacific and Guanacaste.

October 28, 2016. The Council of the Superintendency of Telecommunications (Sutel), issued a tender for 7 projects to bring telephone and internet services to 52 vulnerable districts in the Central Pacific and Chorotega Region; including the main islands of the Gulf of Nicoya and the indigenous territory of Matambú.  

José Bivian Aguirre, President of the Association of Integral Development in Matambú explained that having technology in homes, and not have to go up to 16 kilometers away in search of an internet cafe, so that their children can do their homework," represents a saving of up to 9,000 colones in transportation which we pay in order to leave our community to look for a place to access the internet," he said. 

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