ICE’s USD59 million fibre-optic project gets go-ahead

5 Dec 2005

Costa Rica’s state telecoms monopoly Grupo Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (Grupo ICE) has received the green light from the country’s comptroller for a USD59 million project to install a nationwide fibre-optic backbone network, reports BNamericas. The project, financed with a loan from the Central American Bank for Economic Integration, will involve Israeli equipment vendor ECI Telecom deploying over 1,000km of cable linking Penas Blancas and Ciudad Neily and upgrading existing infrastructure using Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) technology to increase network performance. ICE’s new infrastructure will enable it to provide enhanced voice, video and data transmission services, and will provide connectivity with several global networks. Work on the project is set to begin in January 2006 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2007.

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