Costa Rica’s National Telecommunications Fund (Fonatel) is expected to fund a rural expansion programme in December this year, with bidding for the project to run between October and November. La Nacion reports that this will be the first time that Fonatel has backed a project. The rollout will provide mobile and fixed telephony as well as broadband access to 5,000 people in Siquirres in Limon province. The project is to be technology neutral; an official noted that Fonatel is not looking to support a particular platform, but find a feasible solution. Potential bidders are to be assessed on economic and technological proposals.
In related news, incumbent telco ICE has announced that customers to its wireless services, offered under the ‘Kolbi’ brand, will experience outages throughout the week due to maintenance work being carried out on the operator’s infrastructure. Inside Costa Rica reports that both 2G and 3G services will be disrupted by the work, with interruptions occurring in ‘five minute intervals.’