As many people know, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) has been testing 4G networks through out several areas in the central valley since July of this last year. It has now been announced that the ICE expects to launch 4G service to its customers in mid-December, just in time for the busy Christmas season which could lead to a boost in new phone sales.
The new 4G network has been a large project with a high priority for ICE and has cost approximately $10 million to develop according to ICE Marketing Director Danny Salas.
The new 4G network will be 10 times faster than the current 3G network which means much faster data downloads, games, videos, Facebook and anything else you could ever want available on the go in Costa Rica.
While ICE will be the first carrier to offer Costa Rica a 4G service it is believed that the network will be offered to the private sector soon after. Claro and Moviestar are the two largest private carriers Costa Rica and while no dates have been released both have made statement alluding to the fact that they will both be offering 4G service in the very near future.
My Thought on the 4G network in Costa Rica:
It was only a matter of time before ICE launched a 4G network but with the testing only beginning in July I would have never guessed it would have happened so fast.
I believe several factors played a large part in the speedy release; first being the large decline in land lines being issued, the second being a Christmas release date leading to a large number of phones sales that coincidentally coincides with the release of the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5s and third and most importantly the recent change to the way data is being billed on prepaid plans.
Until recently unlimited data plans were available on prepaid accounts but is now being sold in blocks to prepaid users. So with 4G you will have more data usage, meaning more money for ICE.
I see nothing wrong with any of these reasons and am just happy to see Costa Rica making a clear statement that as a county Costa Rica will not be left behind technologically. Businesses thrive on the ability to stay in touch and a new 4G network is only going to make that easier.