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Panama’s Acces To Internet Increases, Costa Rica’s Slows Down

Panama’s Acces To Internet  Increases, Costa Rica’s Slows Down

Q TECH – The Akamai report for the fourth quarter of 2016, notes that compared to the previous quarter, there was an increase of 10% on the average internet connection speed in Panama and a reduction of 1.2% in Costa Rica. Although average internet access speed (IPv4) remains very low compared to other Latin American […]

Costa Rica Has The SLOWEST Mobile Internet On The Planet; Report

Costa Rica Has The SLOWEST Mobile Internet On The Planet; Report

Q COSTA RICA – Your mobile Internet connection in Costa Rica too slow and too costly? Feel that accessing Facebook, YouTube, Netflix, Waze, Instagram, Twitter and in even Google on the go is too slow? And the cost to high?  Take our word and the results of a survey by the British company, Open Signal, […]

ICE Will “Punish” Postpay Customers For Excessive Use Of Mobile Internet

ICE Will “Punish” Postpay Customers For Excessive Use Of Mobile Internet

Q COSTA RICA – If you are ‘postpay’ customer of  Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad’s (ICE) internet cellular service prepared to be punished for excessive use. The state telecom, operating under the Kölbi brand, plans to apply its “fair use” policy to all postpaid customers starting on March 1. The decision, according to ICE, is in compliances […]

Free Wi-Fi “Hotpost” In Parks and Town Squares Project To Begin Next Year

Free Wi-Fi “Hotpost” In Parks and Town Squares Project To Begin Next Year

(QCOSTARICA) The Espacios Públicos Conectados (Public Spaces Online) project that seeks to bring free wireless internet access or “hotspots“ to residents of 72 cantones (counties) across the country will begin next year. Between 2017 and 2022, some US$32 million dollars from the National Telecommunications Fund (Fondo Nacional de Telecomunicaciones – Fonatel) will be invested in […]

Costa Ricans Talk Less On The Mobile Phones, But Use More Data

Costa Ricans Talk Less On The Mobile Phones, But Use More Data

QCOSTARICA – Mobile (cellular) phone users in Costa Rica talked less by phone but almost doubled data consumption in 2015, soaring by percent 97% over 2014, according to a report from the Superintendency of Telecommunications (Sutel). In 2014, users in Costa Rica consumed 37,965 TB, in 2015 had moved over the mobile network the equivalent […]

Costa Rica Among The 40 Countries With The Worst Internet Connection Speeds

QCOSTARICA – Not surprising, Costa Rica finished 2015 among the 40 countries with the worst internet Internet connection speeds, this according to the latest global report by Akamai Technologies. According to Akamai’s State of the Internet Report, Costa Rica had a significant drop in ranking, dropping from position 94 in 2014 to 102 in 2015. […]

Cabletica Offers Up To 100 Mbps Internet In Cartago

Cabletica Offers Up To 100 Mbps Internet In Cartago

QCOSTARICA – Costa Rica’s cable television and internet operator, Cabletica, will deploy broadband services with speeds of up to 100 Mbps using a Fiber to the home (FTTH), also called “fiber to the premises” (FTTP), network in Cartago, reports El Financiero. The network will reach the districts of San Rafael de Oreamuno and in El […]

Telecable Plans To Bring Fibre Optics To Entire Country

Telecable Plans To Bring Fibre Optics To Entire Country

  QCOSTARICA – Costa Rica’s Telecable Economico has announced the deployment of a hybrid fibre coaxial cable network using Docsis 3.0, with connection speeds of up to 100 Mbps, reports La Republica. The network will connect households and small businesses at 62 locations, offering speeds of up to 100 Mbps from the beginning of March. […]

Claro Costa Rica Announces FTTx Service

Claro Costa Rica Announces FTTx Service

  QCOSTARICA-  Claro Costa Rica (America Movil) announced it will launch an FTTx (Fiber to the x) service in the Greater Metropolitan Area of San Jose (GAM) and the country’s main provincial capitals within 18 months, according to El Financiero. The operator plans to roll out a joint FTTx and hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) network to […]

Spanish Is the Third Most-Used Language On The Internet

Spanish Is the Third Most-Used Language On The Internet

Q24N – Spanish is the mother tongue of 470 million people and the third most-used language on the Internet, second only to English and Chinese, according to Internetworldstats.com. Of the estimated 3.366,260,056 internet users as at November 30, 2015, 256,787,878 were Spanish speaking internet users by language. According to Cervantes Institute (Instituto Cervantes), a worldwide […]

ICE To Offer “Ultra Broadband Internet” In 60 Locations

ICE To Offer “Ultra Broadband Internet” In 60 Locations

QCOSTARICA – The State telecom, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), announced the launch of its Ultra-Broadband Internet, allowing users to connect at speeds up to 100 Mbps, through 100% fiber-optic services in the greater metropolitan area. The Ultra Broadband is part of the Range project, of which 70 percent has been implemented, and which […]

Tico Internet Continues To Crawl

Tico Internet Continues To Crawl

QCOSTARICA – If we were to compare the average internet connection speed available in Costa Rica with an animal, it would surely be a turtel. The national average rate is just over three megabits per second (Mbps), the fastest is 16 Mpbs, according to the ‘Third Quarter, 2015 State of the Internet Report’ by the […]

Ultrafast Internet To Hit Costa Rica

Ultrafast Internet To Hit Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA – Some 105,000 households could be surfing the world wide web (the internet) in ultrafast (ultraveloz in Spanish) next month, with the entry of the next generation of fibre optice network. The Red de Accesso de Nueva Generacion (RANGE) by the state telecom ICE (Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad) will offer  20,000 households all fibre […]

Costa Rica’s Telecom Market Maturing

Costa Rica’s Telecom Market Maturing

(QCOSTARICA) The country’s telecommunications market has begun a process of maturing after five years of ending the monopoly by the state telecom, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE). According to 2014 data by the telecom regulating authority, the SUTEL, mobile telephony experienced a slight decrease of 0.4% as compared to 2013, remaining at 7 million […]

CableVisión Now Is Kölbi

CableVisión Now Is Kölbi

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica’s state-owned Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad  (ICE) has decided that pay-TV operator CableVisión will operate under its Kolbi Hogar brand. “We are now Kolbi Hogar and will continue bringing the best entertainment for everyone, with the best quality and variety of services for your home,” ran the statement on the CableVisión Facebook page. […]

Ultra Fast Internet Coming To Costa Rica

Ultra Fast Internet Coming To Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA – Can you imagine internet up to 100 MBps in Costa Rica? Sounds far-fetched? Think again. At least in San José. The state telecom, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) and China’s Huawei Technologies have teamed up to put into operation RANGE before the end of the year, that will bring ultra fast internet […]

Costa Rica Lags Behind in Residential Internet

Costa Rica Lags Behind in Residential Internet

QCOSTARICA – While in other countries there are a greater variety of packages and lower prices than those offered in Costa Rica, lack of modernization of networks and costs are preventing operators from improving their services. At present, only 56% of the population has internet access and of this total 80% use services with download […]

Did The Pirate Bay Really Land in Costa Rica?

Did The Pirate Bay Really Land in Costa Rica?

QCOSTARICA – Last week, thepiratebay.se website was shut down following a Swedish Police raid. Since then, various websites started to provide access to The Pirate Bay online index. One of those is thepiratebay.cr, a Costa Rica based domain name. The Costa Rica site appears to be exactly as The Pirate Bay (commonly abbreviated TPB) before […]

The Pirate Bay Settles Into Its New Home in Costa Rica

The Pirate Bay Settles Into Its New Home in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA – It appears that The Pirate Bay is back in business after landing in Costa Rica, the notorious file-sharing website is fully operating through it .cr (Costa Rica) registered domain. Following the Dec. 10 raid in Sweden, thepiratebay.cr was only a pageholder, but today, despite The Verge saying that people will not be able […]

SUTEL Not Providing Sufficient Info For Rate Change

SUTEL Not Providing Sufficient Info For Rate Change

COSTA RICA  NEWS — The Constitutional Court or Sala IV as it is commonly referred to,  has ruled that the Superintendency of Telecommunications (SUTEL) gave insufficient information to justify the proposal to introduce a new fee for mobile internet downloads, reports El Financiero. According to the court, the information is based on a market survey […]

Inventor of World Wide Web warns of threat to internet

Inventor of World Wide Web warns of threat to internet

AFTERBIZLIFE (AFP) – The British inventor of the World Wide Web warned on Saturday that the freedom of the internet is under threat by governments and corporations interested in controlling the web. Tim Berners-Lee, a computer scientist who invented the web 25 years ago, called for a bill of rights that would guarantee the independence […]

Interent Service Providers Assure Service Will Not Be Affected By Submarine Cable Maintenance

Interent Service Providers Assure Service Will Not Be Affected By Submarine Cable Maintenance

COSTA RICA NEWS – Internet operators say they services will not be affected this weekend by the scheduled maintenance work on the Maya-1 submarine cable. On Wednesday the Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (SUTEL) announced that users of mobile and fixed internet may have their services partially or temporarily totally affected starting Friday night to Monday morning. […]

Legisaltor Proposes Exempting Internet Services of Paying Sales Tax

Legisaltor Proposes Exempting Internet Services of Paying Sales Tax

COSTA RICA NEWS – Legislator and former presidential candidate, Otto Guevara, is proposing to remove the sales tax on internet service. Guevara introduced a bill that would exempt all internet services of paying the 13% sales tax, in a move aiming to reduce the digital divide. The exemption, according to Guevara, would apply to every […]

Municipalities Move Towards Free Internet For Its Citizens

Municipalities Move Towards Free Internet For Its Citizens

COSTA RICA NEWS – Still spotty, but municipalities in Costa Rica are recognizing that the internet is important for everyone, even those who cannot pay. This year, two municipalities, Montes de Oca (San Pedro) and Nicoya, announced FREE internet service in public places. And although the range is limited (only in parks for now), they […]