Pan-Latin American telco IBW has announced the launch of its WiMAX network in Cost Rica. The network operates in the 2.3GHz band and consists of 44 base stations in the Great Metropolitan Area, with plans to expand coverage into rural areas before the end of 2011. IBW chose Canadian vendor Dragonwave to supply its equipment. The operator is offering mobile broadband services with maximum potential download speeds varying from 1.5Mbps to 4Mbps with prices ranging from USD35 to USD110 per month. Also available from IBW is a fixed-line internet option with a higher theoretical downlink speed of up to 6Mbps, although this requires a USD30 set-up fee and costs USD165 per month. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, there were 18,000 WiMAX subscribers signed up to RACSA and IDNet’s services and 332,000 fixed line broadband users in Costa Rica at the end of March 2011.
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