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ICE will put idle properties on sale to gain liquidity

The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) - the state power and telecommunications agency - building located near the San Pedro Mall, in Montes de Oca, could soon say "for sale" and move on to other hands. The same could happen to dozens of the more...

ICE Ends Era of Building Hydroelectric Plants

The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) announced the end of an era by ruling out the construction of more of its own hydroelectric plants; a decision that could lead to a reduction of electricity rates in Costa Rica. The decision was applauded by the industrial...

Costa Rica will start flirting with 5G this year

Costa Rica will begin flirting with 5G mobile communication technology this year, the technology that will allow digital procedures, video surveillance with artificial intelligence, intelligent lights, intelligent public transport, among other benefits Kölbi and Claro will begin testing for the transition of their 4.5 or...

Tourist Sues ICE ¢120 Million For Exploding Cell Phone

An Argentine tourist sued Costa Rica state telecom, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), for the damages suffered by exploiting a cell phone that she claims was purchased from the operator's Kölbi brand store. The complaint was filed last Friday by Sonia Leyla Riobo, a...

Costa Rica Electric Rate Reduction Announced

Between this month and January 2020, the state power company, the  Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), expects to reduce rates by more than 10% in regions such as Limón, Zona Sur, Pacífico Central, sectors of Guanacaste and the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM). The first reduction,...

ICE To Sell Electric Kitchens

Instead of focusing on being more efficient in its lines of business and stop generating losses, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) - state power utility -  will now focus on marketing kitchen electric induction templates (plantillas eléctricas in Spanish) for residential use. Without experience,...

Fuerza y Luz recovers ¢575 million with the so-called “megacortas”

¢575 million colones is the amount the Compañia Nacional de Fuerza y Luz (CNFL), the power and light subsidiary of the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) recovered through power cuts to non-payers. The CNFL says that is the amount (representing 92% of the outstanding amounts)...

ICE Began Lay Off Of 220 Cable Vision Employees

The state power and telecom, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), began today (Tuesday) the lay off of 220 employees of its subsidiary, Cable Vision de Costa Rica S.A. The dismissal will cover the entire staff of the subsidiary that it took over completely last...

New 55 MW Geothermal Plant Goes Into Operation

The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) - state power and telecom - began operations of the Planta Geotérmica Las Pailas II (Geothermal Plant ) located in Curubandé, Guanacaste province, at a US$366 million cost. Las Pailas II became the seventh generation of the country that...

Trade Unions Falsely Accuse Government Considering Breaking ICE Monopoly

Is the government of Carlos Alvarado considering breaking the ICE monopoly on the electricity sector? Two ICE worker unions seem to think so and for that, they have called for a strike for Monday, July 15. According to the government, the unions are basing their...

Kölbi aims to contain Tigo in Costa Rica

Kölbi stepped up its 4G coverage ahead of the expansion of Tigo's cellular service, whose purchase of the Movistar services in Costa Rica is soon to be approved. Kölbi, the brand of the state-owned Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), is spending millions of dollars on...

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...

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