The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) has said it plans to move all the internet clients from its wholly owned subsidiary, Radiografica Costarricense (RACSA), on to its own network, in a move which will effectively dismantle the ISP. The decision is aimed at strengthening the operations of ICE prior to the liberalisation of the telecoms market. RACSA has been offering internet services – dial up and cable modem – since 1994, while ICE has concentrated on ADSL technology. Pedro Pablo Quiros, president of both ICE and RACSA, said that the move would also end the deal between RACSA and the cable operators such as Amnet and Cabletica, which distribute RACSA services over their cable network.
Amnet is one of the companies interested in entering the telecoms arena, by adding international calling and direct internet services to its cable television services. The cable company has 50,000 internet subscribers and has made an application to the Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (Sutel) to offer connection directly to its customers.