Fiber Optics Will Span the Country

March 12, 2004

THE Costa Rican Electricity and Telecom Institute (ICE) has contracted Swedish firm Ericsson to install 1,092 kilometers of fiber-optic cables across the country, “from border to border and coast to coast.”

The $65 million project seeks to provide high-speed voice and data telecommunications services to the entire country, the daily La República reported.

The project, known as Border to Border, includes the installation of 244 km of fiber optics from Peñas Blancas, near the border with Nicaragua, to the central town of San Ramón.

An additional 326 km of cables will be placed between Tarbaca, on the outskirts of the Central Valley, and Paso Canoas, near the border with Panama. Another 522 km are planned from both the country’s coasts to the eastern and western edges of the Central Valley.

These four cables will interconnect with the Central Valley’s existing fiberoptic network.

The project’s main goal is to provide the country with high-capacity (up to 10 Gigabits per second) transmission infrastructure that can be used simultaneously for local, international and cellular telephone calls, as well as high-speed Internet data-transmission.

ICE officials say the new fiber-optic network will complement the country’s long-awaited and much-delayed Advanced Internet Network (TT, Dec. 19, 2003).

The project is part of Costa Rica’s commitment to the Puebla-Panama Plan, which aims to interconnect the highways, electrical systems and data-transmission infrastructure from Southern Mexico to Panama.

 

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

How to file a criminal complaint, or ‘denuncia,’ in Costa Rica
Costa Rica
472 views
Costa Rica
472 views

How to file a criminal complaint, or ‘denuncia,’ in Costa Rica

Caeli Chesin - March 22, 2019

In Costa Rica, a criminal complaint can report workplace harassment, a home invasion or sexual assault, among other crimes related…

Off the eaten path: Aroi Thai
Dining & Nightlife
644 views
Dining & Nightlife
644 views

Off the eaten path: Aroi Thai

William Ayre - March 22, 2019

Aroi Thai was the first Thai restaurant in Costa Rica. They started as a delivery-only service before opening a restaurant…

Costa Rica confirms measles cases in children of United States citizens
Costa Rica
3241 views
Costa Rica
3241 views

Costa Rica confirms measles cases in children of United States citizens

Alejandro Zúñiga - March 21, 2019

Costa Rica is enacting a National Surveillance Protocol after confirming two cases of measles, the Health Ministry announced Thursday afternoon.…