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Huawei-Costa Rica “will continue to provide security updates” of its brand of smartphones

Are Huawei smartphones the most favorite brand in Costa Rica? But more important, will the hundreds of thousands of users of Huawei samrtphones in Costa Rica be affected by the recent ban in the United States? According to Centralamericadata.com, Huawei and Apple brands represent around...

ICE to assume control of Cable Vision in September

Costa Rica's state-owned telecom operator, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) will assume full control of Cable Vision on September 1, 2019, nearly 6 years after acquiring 100% of the cable operator. The transfer was finally approved after a thorough examination of the various aspects...

RACSA to phase out Fullmovil

Radiográfica Costarricense S.A. (RACSA), a subsidiary of state-owned ICE, will phase out its Fullmovil mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) over the next month to concentrate on its corporate business, reports El Financiero. Fullmovil was acquired by Grupo ICE back in 2014, but the MVNO has...

What will happen to Movistar customers if it leaves Costa Rica?

Last Thursday, Telefonica, operating in Central America under the Movistar brand, announced the sale of its operations in Guatemala and El Salvador to Mexico's America Movil (Claro) for US$648 million dollars. In addition, the Spanish company continues to look for a buyer for the rest...

Brace Yourself For A Hike in Electricity Rates for 2019

The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) - the national power and light company (and telecom) - announced it will be seeking an increase of 20% in electricity rates for 2019. The increase comes only weeks after the regulator of public services, the Autoridad Reguladora de...

Costa Rica turns attention to electric cars

Costa Rica likes to promote itself as an ecological paradise, where more than 98% of its electricity needs are met by clean energy. Although it is a leader in clean energy, in the automotive industry, it is lagging behind with just 600 out of 1.4...

300 Days Using Only Renewable Energy

Costa Rica will be beating its own record again for most consecutive days of using solely renewable energy, with 300 days so far this year. In 2015, it set a record of 299 days on renewable energy, then hitting 299 in 2017. Costa Rica gets its...

Used Electric Vehicles To Be Exempt From Tax

In an effort to limit the emission of polluting gases, the government signed on Wednesday several executive decrees, one of which exempts used electric vehicles from the payment of the excise tax upon entering the country. The decree was signed by the Minister of Environment...

ICE Workers Strike illegal for affecting essential services; National strike continues

On Monday, two separate courts declared strikes illegal at the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) and the Instituto Nacional de Seguros (INS). In the case of ICE (the State electricity and telecom), labor judge, Yadir Jiménez, of the Primer Circuito Judicial de San José (First...

Costa Rica exceeds 98% of renewable electricity for the fourth consecutive year

Costa Rica surpassed 98% of renewable generation in its Sistema Eléctrico Nacional (SEN) - National Electric System - for the fourth consecutive year.  As of Wednesday, October 3, electricity from water, wind, geothermal energy, biomass and the sun has accounted for 98.15% of the...

ICE Auction Offers 222 Vehicles

Looking for a new (used) vehicle? A good deal could be had at the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) auction that will be held on October 17, when the State institution will be selling of 222 of its vehicles, among them sedans, SUV's, pick-up...

ICE Teams Up with Nicaragua Even As US Decries Ortega’s Crackdown?

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is quietly partnering with the government of Daniel Ortega while publicly accusing it of killing its own people, in an effort to speed up the deportation of Nicaraguan citizens, the Guardian has revealed. Protesters to demand the resignation...

Costa Rica announces winners of public Wi-Fi project

Costa Rica’s telecommunications regulator, the Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones ( Sutel ) as awarded contracts to bring Wi-Fi connectivity to 515 public spaces throughout the country to three different bidders. In a statement, Sutel said Telecable, Coopeguanacaste and a consortium made up of state operator ICE,...

Trade Unions Hold General Strike Against Government

The honeymoon is over as President Carlos Alvarado faces his first general strike, less than two months in office, led by country's largest and strongest unions trade unions, the Asociación Nacional de Educadores (ANDE) - National Association of Educators and the Asociación Nacional de...

ICE Prepared For Electric Vehicles

In front of the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) main building in La Sabana. Read more on electric vehicles in Costa Rica

ICE Looking To Become Regional Telecom Player

Costa Rica's state-owned telecom operator, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), is finalizing plans to become a major telecommunications player throughout Central America and a rival to market leaders Claro (Mexico's America Movil) and Movistar (Spain's Telefonica), reports La Republica. According to the telecoms director...

4.5G Already Operating in San Jose

Costa Rica's state-owned telecom, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) announced the activation of its 4.5G service, or LTE-A network, in the San José metropolitan area, increasing the maximum download speed to 200 Mbps. LTE Advanced is the next major step in the evolution of...

Costa Rica: The Luxury of Misery

With 19% endemic poverty, 10% open unemployment and 40% informal employment, and some of the highest electricity rates in the region, Costa Rica is opposed to US$1 billion in clean energy investments. Meanwhile, the bureaucracy of state-owned companies continues to prescribe first-world remuneration, and continues...

ICE Selects Telia Carrier Backbone To Meet Broadband Demand

Telia Carrier, a subsidiary of Telia Company, has reached an agreement to provide its global fiber backbone to Costa Rica's state-owned telecom, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad ( ICE). Gaining access to the tier-1 internet backbone, which connects to the Maya-1 cable system, will enable...

Costa Rica Telecom Market up 4%; State Telecom ICE Loses Ground, Competition Gains

Costa Rica’s telecommunications sector posted revenues amounting to ¢394 billion colones (around US$693 million dollars) in the first half of 2017. La Nacion report cites the latest data from regulator Sutel. The market was dominated by state-owned operator ICE, whose Kolbi mobile brand accounted for 52%...

ICE Expands FTTH Service

Costa Rica's state-owned telecom, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) has announced a further expansion of its Kolbi branded fibre-optic service to 5 new cantons (districts) across the country as part of its commitment to connect a further 200,000 homes and businesses this year. The...

Costa Rica Exceeds 98% Renewable Energy Generation For Third Consecutive Year

Costa Rica has charted another clean energy accolade, so far this year, running on 300 days of 100%  power generation from renewable energy sources, this according to the State power utility company, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), from figures of  the Centro Nacional...

Court Annuls Fine Against ICE

Costa Rica's contentious-administrative court (Tribunal Contencioso Administrativo) has annulled a fine of ¢2.18 billion (2.157.826.200) colones (around US$4 million dollars) imposed by the Superintendency of Telecommunications (Sutel) against ICE. The telecom regulator fined the state-owned company, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) for monopolistic and...

What Goes up Might Keep Going up

Costa Rica, might well challenge Isaac Newton’s theory that what goes up must come down. The cost of living keeps going up and does not seem to come down. “Greed” is just another way of saying “Pura Vida.” Right now in November, we have a...

ICE Seeking Electricity Rate Increase To Offset Lower Sales And Higher Financing Costs

When sales drop and financing costs go through the roof, in the real world this would mean financial disaster for a business, even bankruptcy. But not if you are a state power and former telecom monopoly like Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), where you...

Costa Rica Lifts Price Controls In Mobile Telecom Market

The Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (Sutel) - Costa Rica's Superintendency of Telecommunications - has declared that the country’s mobile market is now considered competitive following a public consultation on its proposal to remove price regulations. The Sutel said there is expected a greater dynamics in...

Costa Rica’s State Telecom To Take Part In Public Wi-Fi Tender

Costa Rica's state.e telecom, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) has expressed an interest in taking part in the public Wi-Fi tender launched by the country’s Superintendency of Telecommunications (Sutel). La Republica reports the first phase of the tender to install a free Wi-Fi service...

Costa Rica’s ICE Accelerates LTE Rollout

Costa Rica's State power and telecommunications company, the The Instituto Costarricence de Electricidad (ICE), announced an acceleration of its 4G-LTE rollout over the past year, with the installation of a total of 452 pieces of LTE equipment in strategic sites all over the country....

ICE Reports 1st. Quarter Loss Of ¢33 Billion Due To Exchange Rate Fluctuations

Q COSTA RICA - Like many in Costa Rica whose income is in colones and debt in U.S. dollars, the state power and light company, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), has been affected by the exchange rate policies of the Central Bank. With the...

Sutel Was (Finally) Able To Award Blocks of Radio Spectrum Frequencies

Costa Rica's Superintendency of Telecommunications, the Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (Sutel) said it awarded the 70 MHz of spectrum to Mexico's America Movil (Claro) and Spain's Telefonica (Movistar). Both Claro and Movistar currently compete against the state telecom, ICE (Kolbi) for the mobile telephony and internet...

Costa Rica Mobile Subscribers Up 10.5% To 8.3 Million in 2016

  Q COSTA RICA - Mobile telephony subscribers in Costa Rica rose 10.5% to 8.33 million in 2016, an increase of 795,000 new mobile lines, of which almost 8 in 10 corresponded to the prepaid services, according to a report from the telecommunications regulator, the...

Failure In Panama Cause of Blackout in Costa Rica!

Q COSTA RICA - A failure in a high-voltage power transmission line in Panama produced an imbalance in the interconnect system of the Central American countries, generating a nationwide blackout in Costa Rica and some parts of Nicaragua, according to the President of the...

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