Costa Rican broadband operators Radiografica Costarricense (RACSA) has inked a deal with Swedish firm Via Europa to provide the telco with a fibre-optic access network. La Nacion reports that Europa will build, operate and maintain the network which is due to be operational in early 2013. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that RACSA had been forced to scrap its agreement with Via Europa at the eleventh hour due to undisclosed difficulties. In the wake of the collapse of negotiations, the telco said it would forge ahead with plans to deploy a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network, though problems of cost would require it to compromise by limiting the number of homes passed by pure fibre and make the majority of connections a mixture of copper and fibre.
Precise details of the new plan with Europa are yet to be released, though the original plan was for the Swedish company to deploy an FTTH network in San Jose, connecting 80,000 homes in 2012 and a further 10,000 connections a year until 2027. A spokesperson for RACSA said that it had not finalised packages to be offered over the new infrastructure, but symmetric download/upload speeds would be made available.