Costa Rican state-owned internet service provider (ISP) Radiografica Costarricense (RACSA) is close to completing a deal with Swedish vendor Via Europa to bring fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology to San Jose, reports local news source El Financiero. The agreement, which is expected to be signed next month, will see the two companies form a 15-year strategic partnership and begin rolling out the new infrastructure in mid-2012. The first stage of deployment will connect 20,000 homes in the west of the capital to the network, whilst in the second phase the network will be expanded to reach a further 60,000 households throughout the rest of San Jose’s greater metropolitan area. After the initial roll out, RACSA hopes to connect an additional 10,000 homes a year.
RACSA’s FTTH network will be built alongside the fibre-optic network of its parent company Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE). Indeed, attempts to prevent overlaying networks have contributed to delays in the telco’s negotiations. Once operational, RACSA hopes to offer customers speeds of up to 100Mbps for a monthly charge of USD30.