The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad said Wednesday that it is beginning a pilot program to provide 4G services. The service will be available for some customers in the western part of the metro area with more locations to follow.
The state company said that Costa Rica is the first country in Central America to have this new technology, identified as Long Term Evolution. It said the technology is capable of providing connections of 100 megabits per second.
The company said that the service will be available in Santa Ana, Pavas, Escazú and Sabana. In two weeks San Pedro, Curridabat, Tres Ríos and Los Yoses will be added to the network. The decision on where to service with the pilot plan is based on the need for more data transfer speed, the company said.
The higher speed will give customers streaming video, online games and provide quick access to cloud storage, the company said.
Advertising will begin next month to tell residents where the service is available
The company is competing with its subsidiary, Radiogáfica Costarricense S.A., which is about to offer a 10 megabit residential service.