Under the auspices of the National Telecommunications Fund (Fondo Nacional de Telecomunicaciones, FONATEL), Costa Rica’s Superintendency of Telecommunications (Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones, SUTEL) has awarded two contracts to supply telephony and broadband services to 14 indigenous territories in the Atlantic and South Zone of the country.
Both contracts have been awarded to state-owned utility firm Grupo Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (Grupo ICE), which offers a full portfolio of telecoms services under the Kolbi brand. The first territories must be connected to the internet within 70 days, and ICE will have 14 months to execute the entire project.
USD27.6 million in funding will be dedicated to the Atlantic Zone, to connect the communities of Cabecar Tayni, Talamanca Cabecar, Cabecar Bajo Chirripo, Cabecar Chirripo (Alto), Talamanca Bribri and Bribri Kekoldi. In the South Zone, meanwhile, USD20.2 million in funding will be used to extend connectivity to Guaymi de Conteburica, Guaymi De Altos De San Antonio, Guaymi De Abrojos-Montezuma, Brunka de Curre (Rey Curre), Terraba, Cabecar de Ujarras, Bribri de Salitre and Bribri de Cabagra.