According to local press reports, as many as 25 companies and organisations have expressed an interest in tendering for telecoms-related projects in Costa Rica using money drawn from the USD180 million National Telecommunications Fund (Fonatel). The fund draws on money raised from the selling of mobile spectrum and quarterly contributions from the country’s telecoms operators. The projects include bringing internet access to all public schools and colleges and other community schemes. Among the companies said to be interested are Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young Foundation High Technology Advisory Committee (CAATEC), Fundacion Costa Rica-United States (CRUSA), Foundation for Research, University of Costa Rica (FUNDEVI) and Microsoft.
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