Costa Rican telco Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) has awarded Airspan Networks a USD12.5 million WiMAX broadband wireless infrastructure contract. According to the vendor’s press release, ICE (and its broadband division RACSA) has already undertaken a substantial expansion of next generation residential and business subscriber services in the country with Airspan’s WiMAX products, and the most recent deal is a follow-on order made via local partner Datatell for network expansion and the deployment of ‘several tens of thousands’ of CPE (customer premises equipment) units. The network, operating in the 3.5GHz band, includes Airspan HiperMAX base stations and a combination of ProST outdoor installed CPEs and EasyST desktop units, designed to support a broad range of next generation applications. Alongside the 3.5GHz network rollout, ICE is also building out 2.5GHz wireless infrastructure. CommsUpdate reported last month that the telco awarded Alvarion a contract to deploy 802.16e (mobile-ready) 2.5GHz WiMAX equipment, initially covering San Jose and rural areas of Limon.