FONATEL, Claro and Ericsson bring universal telephony and internet access to Tortuguero and its neighboring rural communities in Limón, Costa Rica. Learn about Fixed Wireless Access (FWA), technology that has provided rural communities in Costa Rica with high-speed internet access.
As an ecosystem, FONATEL, Claro and technology providers like Ericsson, we have taken on the challenge of connecting the unconnected in rural and hard-to-reach areas in order to eliminate the digital divide in the region and bring digital transformation to all communities.
— Chafic Nassif, CEO LATAM North and Caribbean, Ericsson
Delivering high-speed connectivity to rural communities presents technical and economic challenges:
- The area where El Tortuguero is located is considered a rural area with little or no access to connectivity.
- The local geography means the only option for transporting telecommunications equipment is via river boats
- Many of the sites where towers were installed are protected areas with no access to the electricity grid.
Fixed Wireless Access Opens Up a World of Opportunity
While millions of people continue to wait for access to connectivity, Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) presents an efficient and scalable alternative to wired connections. Through the installation of 12 Radio Site Solutions, some which solar powered, we have been able to provide internet connectivity and mobile services for twelve communities and 4000 inhabitants, who now have better access to education, health services, financial services, innovation, information, among other benefits.
By utilizing the existing mobile network, FWA provides the capacity to deliver high-speed connectivity services to these previously underserved areas and communities.
— Seth Artavia, Claro Costa Rica's Spokesperson
Twelve radios were deployed and enabled in the area, providing internet coverage for twelve communities and 4000 inhabitants in the area.
Changes people's lives
Many of the residents in this area work in the tourism sector. Thanks to connectivity, local companies now have the opportunity to access more markets and business models through internet services.
Education for the future
Thirteen elementary schools and three junior high schools are now connected, providing access to new education resources