RACSA: A -Blind- Elephant in the Bazaar

Costa Rica's state telecom company plans to reach viability as a company competing with the private sector in logistics services, data centers, and in the area of ​​Digital Government.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

This will be a new attempt to recover the positive numbers of Radiographic Costarricense, whose new portfolio of products aims to compete with private companies that have over twenty years of experience in the market. Not only will it try to compete to provide data centers and cloud platform services, but it also will be entering into the field of logistics services. Supposedly the government will direct state institutions and companies in order to make Racsa their supplier.

Elfinancierocr.com reports that "... In at least two of the lines in which it intends to specialize, Racsa will be met with a strong and direct competition from private companies in the country that sell services and also by public institutions ... For example, Radiographic aims to provide data centers, virtualization and cloud platform services.

"... Racsa is striving to follow the route of other telecommunications operators which have a varied portfolio of services and products in order to get into a market that has been energized after privatisation. However, telecommunications specialists insist that what is needed is a disruptive plan offering services that are different from other companies.

The private sector does not believe that it is achieving this. Rather, it is concerned that State agencies will be obliged to create agreements with RACSA. Luis Amon, vice president of the Chamber of Information Technology (Camtic) believes that it 'has not demonstrated that it is able to compete'. "

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