Tender for Rural Telephone Coverage

An announcement has been made in Costa Rica for a tender for a project to give rural communities mobile and fixed telephone coverage, with funding from the National Telecommunications Fund.

Monday, October 8, 2012

The National Telecommunications Fund (Fonatel) is endowed with payments for operating licenses awarded to telecom operators such as Claro and Movistar, and currently has $190 million to be used to promote access to quality, timely, efficient, affordable and competitive telecommunications services, for the inhabitants of areas of the country where the cost of investment for the installation and maintenance of infrastructure for the provision of these services is not financially profitable.

According to Nacion.com "the first project using money from the National Telecommunications Fund (Fonatel) could start running in December."

George Miley Rojas, a Sutel Council member, said "’The idea is to reach 5,000 people and give them mobile and fixed telephony coverage, broadband connectivity and to connect schools, the Ebais (public health clinics) and the intelligent centers which are there’ and that ‘the tender will be held in October and November.’"



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