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Grupo ICE is issuing a tender for Internet solutions via 5G for Nokia

21. 06. 2023 Wednesday / By: Robert Denes / Industrial / Exact time: BST / Print this page

ICE Group awarded Nokia as a supplier of equipment for the development of wireless wireless access networks. The award was presented by its subsidiary, Radiográfica Costarricense SA (Racsa), which is the concession holder of the frequencies used for the fifth generation (5G) network built by the entity.

ICE also reported last week that U.S. EXIM Bank approved a preliminary commitment of up to $300 million in financing for 5G projects. These types of networks offer high-speed solutions for corporate and mass customers: from individuals and homes, to SMEs, companies and manufacturing sectors.

"The construction of 5G networks allows us to have the most modern technological conditions in the infrastructure," explained Marco Acuña, president of Grupo ICE. "The social, economic and environmental benefits reach the entire population, we promote the attraction of direct foreign investments."

The development of 5G wireless networks will be complemented by the expansion of fiber optics to create a diverse, modern telecommunications "ecosystem" that will contribute to reducing the digital divide. In this way, the most modern technology can be brought to urban and rural areas in a shorter time and cheaper.

A few years ago, ICE started technology tests with various potential service providers to implement the 5G network. The Institute indicated that it will be able to offer 5G private network services with this technology in 2023, also through RACSA, and massive networks with ICE in 2024.

n the first case, they are aimed at companies and public institutions that want to use the technology for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, automation and other enterprise solutions at the level of the smart city, operations and services provided to their customers.

In the second case, which would be next year, the services would be available to end users for high-speed wireless connection with their personal devices. At the same time, the General Inspectorate of Communications is preparing the tender poster for the frequency of 5G networks, with which other service providers will be able to offer and compete in this market. The poster is expected to be released in the coming weeks. The competition will be promoted with the available frequencies, and the implementation is estimated to take almost two years.

It remains to be seen whether ICE will return to the state a number of frequency slots in bands that the industry considers crucial to the competitive provision of 5G services.

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