Costa Rican state-owned utility provider Grupo Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (Grupo ICE), which offers telecoms services under the Kolbi brand, has announced plans to activate 180,000 new broadband lines capable of providing download speeds of between 25Mbps and 100Mbps by the end of H2 2017. El Financiero writes that investment in the programme is expected to reach USD91 million, with lines to be installed in 382 districts across the country, using a combination of next generation access (NGA) broadband technologies including direct fibre (fibre-to-the-home [FTTH] and fibre-to-the-building [FTTB]) and hybrid copper/fibre (FTTx) architectures. 103,000 new lines were installed late last year as part of its USD33 million next generation network (NGN) project and comprised 85,000 FTTx connections ‘nationwide’ and 18,000 FTTH lines in eight ‘high demand’ areas. Kolbi plans to install 6,000 more ‘ultra-high-speed’ lines (assumed to be FTTH) this month. Looking further ahead, the provider has earmarked USD13 million for the deployment of 27,000 new lines across Alajuela, La Guacima, Tibas and Coronado. According to the paper, Kolbi has already installed 4,000 new high speed broadband lines in Alajuela and plans to launch commercial services over the network in August this year.