Internet failure causes hour delay in posting newspaper

This newspaper was about an hour late today because of a failure in part of the Tigo Internet network.

The extent of the failure is not known, but support personnel for the company said that technicians were going home at 2:30 a.m. to resume work this morning. At least part of the west side of San José was knocked out. Typically this happens when someone steals part of the main internet cable or there is damage from a vehicle accident.

Tigo, which used to be Amnet, has been troubled lately because it seems that the exponential growth in Internet use is taxing the company’s computers.

More and more Costa Ricans and expats are using Internet television, YouTube, iTunes, Netflix and other services that require a lot of bandwidth particularly in the evenings and during times of major soccer games.

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