Utility cooperative Cooperativa de Electrificacion Rural de Guanacaste (Coopeguanacaste) is set to begin rolling out fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) in Nicoya, Santa Cruz and Filadelfia in May or June this year, El Financiero writes. The deployment is the first phase of a project to roll out high speed broadband and IPTV services to around 29,800 people across seven cantons. The installation will take place in four stages over the next twelve years and is expected to cost USD21.3 million. Coopeguanacaste’s marketing manager Gerardo Gutierrez commented that the operator aims to ‘achieve full coverage [of Guanacaste] with internet packages and other services.’ Service tariffs will initially feature download speeds of up to 20Mbps, although the network is capable of transfer rates of 100Mbps-1Gbps. Coopeguanacaste expects to complete the installation of around 2,400 lines in the coming months, increasing to 8,000 by the end of 2016.
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