Around 36,000 people from 14 indigenous territories in the Southern and Atlantic Zones will benefit from the telecommunications services provided by the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE), as a result of the Connected Communities program of the National Telecommunications Fund (FONATEL).
On March 31, Mauricio Rojas, Telecommunications Manager of ICE, together with representatives of the Superintendency of Telecommunications Trust and Banco Nacional de Costa Rica (SUTEL-BNCR), signed the contracts for $ 47.9 million.
This investment will benefit 103 towns in eight cantons with broadband and fixed and mobile telephony services. $ 20.3 million will be allocated to the South Zone and $ 27.6 million to the Atlantic Zone.
“It is our responsibility to contribute to closing the digital divide. We will be where the country needs us; Indigenous communities are a priority for ICE, and through this program, we will make our services available to a highly vulnerable population, “said Rojas.
The objective is for the works to begin simultaneously in both areas, with a positive impact on 119 Public Service Delivery Centers (CPSP), which include difficult-to-access schools and colleges.
The ICE participated as the sole bidder in the contests of these indigenous territories, and likewise in the Chorotega and Central Pacific Regions – previously awarded. In March 2019, the Institute delivered the works in the indigenous community of Matambú, in Hojancha de Guanacaste.
ICE has won 20 of 28 contests in the FONATEL Connected Communities program.
Indigenous territories benefited
• Bribrí de Cabagra
• Bribrí de Salitre
• Brunca de Curré (Rey Curré)
• Cabécar de Ujarrás
• Guaymí de Abrojos–Montezuma
• Guaymí de Altos de San Antonio
• Guaymí de Conteburica
• Bribrí Keköldi
• Cabécar Bajo Chirripó
• Cabécar Chirripó (Alto)
• Cabécar Tayní
• Talamanca Bribrí
• Talamanca Cabécar