Telefónica Prepares Infrastructure for Opening in Costa Rica

The Spanish company plans to use third party infrastructure to accelerate its entry into the market.

Thursday, June 2, 2011


Mercedes Agüero journalist for La Nacion newspaper interviewed the highest ranking representative of the company in the country.

"There some issues such as base stations and microwave frequencies that are priorities. How could this affect the speed with which they want to deploy the network?

Regarding microwaves, we now have the first ones (..) We are convinced that within a period of no longer than two months, we will have all that we have requested, which is 600.

"Those are for the national network, not just the metropolitan area?

Exactly. These are links throughout the country. "



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