Chinese telecoms equipment supplier Huawei has submitted the lowest of three bids to Costa Rica’s state telecoms operator ICE for the rollout of a 3G network of 950,000 lines writes BNamericas citing a statement from ICE. Huawei’s bid of USD245 million beat those from Ericsson (USD341 million) and ZTE (USD447 million). All of the offers are valid for 90 days. A technical analysis of the offers will be performed during the next 60 days, at the end of which a recommendation will be made to ICE’s acquisitions board, which will be in charge of awarding the contract.
The bidding process is the second of the year: an earlier tender in September to install 1.5 million 3G lines, 554 base stations, a pre-paid billing platform and 500,000 handsets attracted just a single bid – from Huawei – of USD583 million – more than double ICE’s original target price of USD225 million.