Saturday, August 26, 2006

Ericsson to install free GSM kit in Costa Rica

Swedish equipment supplier Ericsson has agreed to install 58 radio base stations and repeaters for Costa Rica's telecoms monopoly ICE, the operator said in a statement.

The new sites add to infrastructure Ericsson installed as part of a contract to deploy 600,000 GSM lines, but the firm will also install six base stations to strengthen infrastructure installed as part of a separate contract for 400,000 lines.

Costa Rica's Comptroller General recently ruled that the 600,000-line network delivered by Ericsson in December 2005 was incomplete.

It was not clear from the press release whether or not the additional 58 base stations were part of the original contract, which was delivered incomplete. However, the statement clarified that the base stations would be installed at "no extra cost."

Studies by ICE and Ericsson indicate that there is insufficient GSM coverage in 24 localities and six highways. Installation depends on ICE acquiring appropriate sites for the towers.

Source: BNAmericas.com

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