Costa Rica
Press Release

National Telecommunications Plan 2022-2027 is in public consultation until Friday, November 26

Bnamericas Published: Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Press release

By Presidency of Costa Rica

The National Telecommunications Development Plan (PNDT) 2022-2027 , which will guide actions in the field of telecommunications during that period, is in public consultation until November 26. The Ministry of Science, Innovation, Technology and Telecommunications (MICITT) receives observations and comments on this proposal through an online form or a signed formal official letter (manual or digital) addressed to that institution.

This public policy instrument contains a new approach in order to improve and expand telecommunications services with special attention to the needs of regions outside the GAM, to achieve a more equitable, fair and supportive development of telecommunications. This was explained by Paola Vega, MICITT minister; Teodoro Willink, Deputy Minister of Telecommunications, and Angélica Chinchilla, Director of Evolution and Telecommunications Markets, in their presentation this Tuesday at the Governing Council.

They explained that the vision of the Plan is to “promote the availability of affordable, quality and innovative telecommunications services at the national level, through the timely deployment of secure, robust, scalable, resilient and sustainable telecommunications networks, and develop digital skills by reducing the gap. digital in all its components and dimensions, maximizing the benefits of the digital economy for the enjoyment and well-being of all people ”.

The PNDT presents a comprehensive approach to address the challenges of telecommunications in Costa Rica, which includes the management of the radioelectric spectrum, the improvement and expansion of services, and support for the population to make meaningful and profitable use of digital technologies. , incorporating approaches to meaningful connectivity and digital skills.

Expanding and improving fixed and mobile Internet connectivity by planning region, increasing investment in the telecommunications sector as a proportion of GDP, and improving the population's acquisition of digital skills are the national goals for 2027 proposed by this policy.

ICE report. In addition, the Governing Council learned about the Progress of the Accountability Report of ICE and its companies, corresponding to the first semester of 2021. The presentation of partial results was in charge of Irene Cañas, executive president of the institution, and Hazel Cepeda Hodgson , General Manager of Grupo ICE, and was carried out in compliance with the Law of Strengthening and Modernization of public entities in the telecommunications sector (Law No. 8660).

The hierarch presented some of the main milestones that occurred between January and June, including the 100% adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), the establishment of teleworking as a permanent measure for 6,500 people or the continuity of the plan to sell non-strategic assets such as buildings or machinery.

Similarly, a report was provided on the "Evolution 2021" process that is being implemented at ICE, which will make it possible to optimize resources, generate savings and restructure internal managements in order to face the challenges of the new business environment.

The accountability report with the final results of ICE and its companies will be presented in 2022.

Various Themes.

  • Ruth Solano Montero and Osvaldo Villalta Campos were appointed as owners and Vilma Camacho Víquez and Maribel Salazar Herrera as alternates.
  • María Elena González Quesada was sworn in as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses (INEC) yanbsp; José Leonardo Sánchez and Carolina Hernández as members of the board of directors of the National Institute of Housing and Urbanism (INVU).
  • Victoria Hernández, Minister of Economy, Industry and Commerce, gave a report on the holding of ExpoPyme 2021, which was held from November 5 to 7 - with all health protocols - at the Convention Center. This activity brought together 370 stands and products of SMEs from the seven provinces of the country and 71% of the participants were women.

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