Netsys FTTH rollout coincides with flurry of fibre activity in Costa Rica

14 Jul 2015

Costa Rican internet service provider (ISP) Netsys is in the process of rolling out fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology in Rohrmoser, a more affluent neighbourhood in the capital San Jose. According to local news site El Financiero, the infrastructure will cover 16 blocks at launch, before being extended to the likes of Curridabat, San Pedro, Los Yoses and Escazu. The project has been named ‘Netsys Fiber City’, and will ultimately see IPTV and voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) offered to end users. The whole of the San Jose metropolitan area is expected to be covered with FTTH technology within twelve months.

Separately, the same news site reports that a number of other companies are also in the process of deploying FTTH platforms elsewhere in the country. On 24 July regional cooperative Coopeguanacaste will officially launch its FTTH networks in the central districts of Nicoya, Santa Cruz and Carrillo; all three towns are situated in the Guanacaste province, one of the country’s most important tourist zones.

Elsewhere, Boomerang Wireless (BW), owned by the GMS Group – which already operates in Heredia, Alajuela and San Jose – is planning to extend its network to former capital Carthage, in the central part of the country, while the fibre network owned by San Jose-based American Data Networks is said to be 80% complete.

For its part, state owned utility Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), which offers telecoms services under the Kolbi brand, has delayed its own FTTH launch until December this year. Head of infrastructure Adolfo Arias told the news site that the company’s network will support downlink transmission speeds of up to 100Mbps.

Finally, in terms of operational fibre providers, Carthage-based energy supplier Junta Administrativa del Servicio Electrico Municipal de Cartago (Jasec) currently provides FTTH connectivity to 1,200 customers, which it plans to increase to 46,000 in due course. Jasec offers services on a wholesale basis via nine different ISPs.