Costa Rican monopoly ICE yesterday put 6,000 reclaimed wireless TDMA connections up for sale to end users on a first-come first-served basis. The sale follows ICE’s actions on 1 April, when it redistributed 3,000 connections, from a total of 10,000 that it deactivated earlier this year because of non-payment by users. Costa Rica ran out of mobile lines in December 2004 and has a backlog of thousands of applicants for mobile services; those that miss out on this week’s offer will have to wait until Swedish vendor Ericsson completes the first stage of a rollout of 600,000 GSM connections for ICE, scheduled for October this year.
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