ICE plans 600,000 new mobile lines

9 Feb 2005

Costa Rica’s monopoly electricity and telecoms firm Grupo ICE says it plans to add capacity for 600,000 new GSM lines by the end of September, satisfying demand for mobile services in a country which currently has around 400,000 people on the waiting list for a cellular connection. BNamericas reports that ICE will begin to sell the new lines from October. Only around three to four thousand new connections will become available in the meantime, and these will be from inactive accounts which have been cancelled. The new capacity will be provided as part of a USD130 million contract awarded to Ericsson over a year ago. Costa Rica is home to around 944,000 mobile users, giving a wireless penetration of 23.5%.

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