New Web map shows status of cell telephone coverage

The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad has published on its Web site a map of the country showing the degree of coverage for its 2G and 3G cell phone networks.

The map only has four categories: excellent, very good, good and regular. Regular areas are covered in red and there is plenty of red areas on the map. That term means that the company does not guarantee coverage. Excellent means that the cell phones will work in buildings. Very good means that the cell phone will work inside a vehicle. Good means the caller has to be outside.

Readers can see the map HERE!

The 3G network appears to cover more of the country than the 2G. There still are areas with no coverage that appear to be in the Talamanca mountains.

The map allows viewers to pick individual provinces and the type of network. A drawbar allows users to zero in on a particular neighborhood. The Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones required the company to post the map because it is required by law.

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