Costa Rica News – Who will have control of the second of Costa Rica’s seven project connectivity initiative is being left up to a bid between CE, Claro, Telefonica and America Movil.
So far, America Movil and Telefonica have submitted their bids to bring internet connectivity to communities in the Pococi Canton, including La Lidia, La Curia, and Aguas Frias. The other bids are expected to be finalized soon.
SUTEL, Costa Rica’s telecoms regulator, is in charge of analyzing the bids and awarding the contract by September 14th to one of the entities. The project is part of Costa Rica’s seven part connectivity initiative that focuses on medical and educational institutions. The first part, in the Siquirres region, was already awarded to Telefonica last month.
The projects are funded in part by the country’s national telecom fund, Fonatel, which will invest $26.7 million! It’s an important project because the services are much needed.
It will impact at least 200,000 people. After the first two parts, the projects will cover areas in the north of Costa Rica.
The seven projects will connect 555 educational institutions, 225 medical centers and 25 community IT centers to the internet.