We do not rule out transfer of 5G frequencies already received: ICE President


The Costa Rican Institute of Electricity (ICE) does not rule out that the transfer of the frequencies necessary for the implementation of 5G technology in the country will be carried out earlier than expected, said last Friday the executive president of the unit, Marco Acuna, who The return did not specify a date on which the return of the spectrum requested by President Rodrigo Chaves since last May 8 would become effective.

“We did a good job, I think, across the various teams to meet that deadline, and we don’t rule out that it could be reached earlier,” Acuna said. Explain Amelia Rueda.com At the end of an opening ceremony of the Coopesuperación call center in Heredia. “The deadlines are those that have been established,” he added, without specifying a date.

Although President Chaves said on his first day in office that he expected those extremities to return to the hands of the state within a maximum of six months, last Wednesday, July 26, Vice President Stephen Brunner announced that the forecast . When he announced that in fact, everything was ready for this to happen in the “first 100 days” of government, which ends in mid-August.

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As soon as his government was in place, Chaves transmitted this directive to the ICE and to the Ministry of Science, Innovation, Technology and Telecommunications (Micit). Micitt is the governing body on the matter, so, according to Acuña, ICE must “make agreements” with this department and obtain the support of the Superintendent of Telecommunications (Sutel) so that “we can comply with the mandate of Mr. President . ” .

Chaves asked Acuna and MiKit chief Carlos Enrique Alvarado to agree to “make available the technology or frequencies to enable the company to implement 5G technology,” ICE executive chairman said, who claims to have worked “hard”. From day one”, in a way that adds “value” to the company and the “interests” of the entity it supports.

For his part, Bruner said this week that the government is “continuing with the specific objective that in the first 100 days we will both reach Raqsa”. [Radiográfica Costarricense S.A., que tiene la mayoría de las frecuencias] Like ICE to support 5G frequencies and we can go from there and rely on this critical infrastructure for the future of the country”.

What does the return of 5G frequencies mean?

The ICE Executive Chairman highlighted the importance of this frequency transfer and stressed that 5G is a technology and not just its frequencies. “To implement this and add more value to customers and businesses today requires spectrum or a range of frequencies in the 3.5 GHz band, which is largely licensed to the ICE Group, in particular to Racsa. for,” he said.

“As the industry gets there,” he continued, “the country needs some or all of that spectrum, either through the ICE group or through other companies. , in an open market, so that the technology people, so that their equipment can reach these frequencies and thus have a much wider bandwidth”.

When citizens and businesses have access to 5G, they will be able to get bandwidth in gigabytes, not megabytes, as is the case now.

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