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  • Global Crossing to Extend Core Network to Costa Rica
    the U S and Canada plan to increase network capacity to Central or South America and that carriers striving for global positioning must strategically address this region In the same report the Yankee Group gave Global Crossing excellent scores for customer focus as well as a positive grade for its services portfolio in the region Through its localized presence and global reach capabilities Global Crossing is uniquely positioned to serve both multi latinas and multinationals requiring converged IP services on a pan regional scale commented Erica Fox Yankee Group s director of global telecom and wireless services Thirty two percent of Latin American MNCs are planning to implement or increase their network capabilities in the next 12 months and the vast majority of them will look for IP solutions The analyst firm s assessment aligns with the explosive demand growth for converged IP services that Global Crossing is seeing around the globe as well as in Latin America In 2005 the number of Global Crossing s converged IP customers tripled while IP VPN traffic grew more than 300 percent The number of Global Crossing s IP customers in Latin America grew by 80 percent in 2005 Global Crossing has significant presence in Latin America and the Caribbean with offices and operational facilities in 12 of the region s major cities Through its sub sea and terrestrial cable systems Global Crossing seamlessly connects South America Mexico Central America and the Caribbean to the rest of its global network delivering services to customers around the world Costa Rica will be connected to the PAC system which currently lands in Balboa Panama and Mazatlan and Tijuana Mexico With its regional network officially completed in 2001 Global Crossing now serves virtually all of Latin America s major carriers as well as many prestigious Latin American companies research and educational networks and global companies operating in the region Such customers include Latin America s largest construction and engineering firm Odebrecht Mexicana Airlines and Banco Santander International Also in direct response to rapid growth of customer demand Global Crossing recently announced it will be making upgrades to its Mid Atlantic Crossing MAC system which connects North America to Latin America through the Caribbean We are committed to providing quality telecommunications and IP services that will give Costa Rica s residents and business community the competitive edge we need in the world economy As our strategic partner Global Crossing will provide that edge via its state of the art global network and advanced product portfolio commented Pablo Cob president of ICE We expect the direct national connection of Global Crossing s global network to enhance Costa Rica s position as a premier location for manufacturing facilities and contact centers of multinational corporations Today s announcement was celebrated not only by the ceremony s hosts ICE and RACSA but also by the business community including several global corporations which have manufacturing plants contact centers and other operations in the country and are demanding first rate IP broadband connections

    Original URL path: http://www.ticonet.co.cr/costa-rica/readings/060504.html (2015-06-03)
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  • Costa Rica Rides High-Tech Wave
    pay better than tourism and agriculture the other pillars of its economy With unemployment high one fifth of households mired in poverty and the economy growing more slowly than many would like Costa Rican officials are banking on tech related exports and services to keep the country climbing toward its goal of becoming the first developed nation in Central America Obstacles abound the most obvious being Costa Rica s modest population which can t produce the hoards of skilled workers needed to keep it among the top offshore destinations said Mark Minevich one of the authors of the outsourcing report He envisions Costa Rica following the path of Singapore a small tech savvy nation that partners with bigger countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia which provide much of the workforce for major projects The strategy for Costa Rica is to do joint ventures said Minevich co chair of the BTM Institute a technology think tank based in Stamford Conn And they re going to have to focus on niches Costa Rica s conversion from a largely farm based economy to a tech led one has its roots dating back more than a century The nation made primary education free and compulsory in 1870 according to the Costa Rican Investment Board a private entity But what really launched the nation on its upward trajectory was its decision to scrap its army in 1949 The resources that had gone to the military were reallocated to higher education universal healthcare and other human development programs that have paid huge dividends over the decades Known as the Switzerland of Central America for being an oasis of peace in a region torn by conflict Costa Rica boasts the region s oldest democracy its highest per capita income and a 95 literacy rate on par with the United States Costa Rica invested in its people said Rosalía Morales Acosta executive director of the Costa Rican Chamber of Information Technology and Communication That set the stage for everything that followed Although the nation never became embroiled in the armed struggles that convulsed its neighbors a 1980s economic crisis brought on in part by plunging prices for bananas pineapple and coffee led Costa Rica to diversify into manufacturing It set up tax free trade zones to attract foreign companies which at first consisted mainly of assembly plants producing garments for the U S market But as neighboring countries with lower wages began stealing those jobs Costa Rica capitalized on its skilled labor pool by targeting industries such as electronics and telecommunications equipment The strategy proved a sound one said economist Andres Rodriguez Clare who has written extensively on Costa Rica s technology evolution Growing fast but under pressure to cut costs U S electronics makers in the 1990s found in Costa Rica an abundance of low cost English speaking technicians and engineers Companies including telecom equipment makers DSC Communications Corp which was bought by France s Alcatel in 1998 and Sawtek Inc now part of TriQuint Semiconductor Inc

    Original URL path: http://www.ticonet.co.cr/costa-rica/readings/060318.html (2015-06-03)
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  • Wal-Mart Announces Additional Central American Investment
    Furnished Home with Views prev next TicoNET Real Estate Costa Rica Real Estate Wal Mart Announces Additional Central American Investment BENTONVILLE Arkansas March 15 2006 Mike Duke Vice Chairman of Wal Mart Stores Inc and head of Wal Mart International announced today the company has made an additional investment in Central American Retail Holding Company CARHCO bringing its share of the firm to 51 percent Real Estate Information Buying a

    Original URL path: http://www.ticonet.co.cr/costa-rica/readings/060315.html (2015-06-03)
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  • Nobel laureate to lead Costa Rica
    Arias is to become Costa Rica s president for the second time after his rival in a close fought election conceded defeat An election was held nearly a month ago but Otton Solis has only now given up after losing a manual recount and a series of legal challenges Mr Arias is committed to taking Costa Rica into a controversial free trade pact with the United States His prize was for leading talks to end two 1980s Central American civil wars Mr Arias 65 had enjoyed a big lead over his rival in opinion polls But far from the easy victory that had been predicted for him the election on 5 February became Costa Rica s hardest fought vote in the last four decades with the two leading candidates virtually neck and neck The election comes amid wide disillusionment with politics after a string of corruption scandals in the country Mr Arias who was in office between 1986 and 1990 is not among them and many Costa Ricans see him as a politician untainted by the recent scandals But his critics describe him as arrogant He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 for spearheading talks that led to the end of civil wars in Nicaragua and El Salvador He says he wants Costa Rica to join the Central American Free Trade Agreement Cafta with the US Costa Rica is the only country in the region which has not ratified the deal which is set to come into effect later this year Mr Solis wanted some of the deal to be renegotiated arguing that in its current form it would exacerbate poverty and hurt small scale farmers BBC MMVI Note The above information is not to be used for any other purpose other than private study research criticism or review

    Original URL path: http://www.ticonet.co.cr/costa-rica/readings/060304.html (2015-06-03)
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  • NASA announces new mission in Costa Rica to study atmosphere
    the earth s atmosphere in the tropics Costa Rica is a marvelous place to enter the atmosphere said Paul Newman one of the NASA project s coordinators He said the study would look at how the ozone layer is changing and at atmospheric contamination The US 8 million A6 6 million project involves 140 scientists from the United States and 30 from Costa Rica Newman told a news conference in San Jose The study conducted from a NASA office at the San Jose airport started Jan 14 and will end Feb 12 During that time the WB 57F plane will make 12 trips into the high tropical troposphere which has barely been studied and is believed to have suffered the largest impact from climate change officials said The plane can fly at an altitude of 18 300 meters 60 000 feet and has 29 instruments to measure atmospheric conditions NASA scientist Eric Jensen said the agency is also interested in investigating the properties of clouds at high altitude which are thin and have temperatures as low as 90 degrees Celsius 194 degrees Fahrenheit below zero In 2004 and 2005 Costa Rican scientists launched 600 balloons to gather data about the

    Original URL path: http://www.ticonet.co.cr/costa-rica/readings/060119.html (2015-06-03)
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  • ICT grants concession of Peninsula Papagayo port project - Costa Rica
    Home with Views prev next TicoNET Real Estate Costa Rica Real Estate ICT grants concession of Peninsula Papagayo port project Costa Rica December 28 2005 Business News Americas BNamericas com Costa Rica s tourism institute ICT has awarded a 20 year concession to group Marina Papagayo for the construction development and operation of a berth at the Papagayo peninsula resort project newspaper La Nacion reported The concession involves a US 15mn preliminary investment in developing a private quay to host some 370 boats on a 44ha area Peninsula Papagayo is a major tourist project being developed at Bahia Culebra in northwest Costa Rica s Guanacaste province The project has the backing of the Central American Bank for Economic Integration The project also involves the country s water and sewerage institute AyA investing US 25mn in works to provide potable water and irrigate the resort s golf course according to reports BNamericas was unable to contact ICT officials given the institute is closed for the holiday season BNamericas com Copyright 2005 Financial Times Ltd Note The above information is not to be used for any other purpose other than private study research criticism or review Thank you Real Estate Information Buying

    Original URL path: http://www.ticonet.co.cr/costa-rica/readings/051228.html (2015-06-03)
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  • Continental Airlines Launches Five New Routes to Latin America and the Caribbean
    stop daylight connections from the Midwest and West Coast The weekly flight to Bonaire will depart Houston on Fridays at 11 30 p m and arrive at 6 15 a m on Saturday The return flight will depart Bonaire on Saturdays at 8 30 a m arriving in Houston at 11 35 a m The Saturday flight from LaGuardia to Aruba will depart at 7 50 a m and arrive in Aruba at 1 20 p m The return flight will depart Aruba on Saturdays at 2 30 p m and arrive at LaGuardia at 6 15 p m The Saturday flight to Liberia will depart Newark at 8 50 a m and arrive at 1 05 p m The return flight will depart Liberia at 1 55 p m and arrive at Newark at 8 10 p m The flight to Curacao will depart Newark at 9 05 a m and arrive at 2 50 p m The return flight will depart Curacao on Saturdays at 3 45 p m and arrive in Newark at 7 45 p m Continental will utilize a Boeing 737 700 on the new flights This type of aircraft has 12 first class seats and 112 in coach Continental now serves a total of 77 destinations served in Latin America and the Caribbean Continental Airlines is the world s sixth largest airline Continental together with Continental Express and Continental Connection has more than 3 000 daily departures throughout the Americas Europe and Asia serving 151 domestic and 133 international destinations more than any other carrier in the world More than 400 additional points are served via SkyTeam alliance airlines which include Aeromexico Air France Alitalia CSA Czech Airlines Delta Air Lines KLM Korean Air and Northwest Airlines With over 42 000 employees Continental has

    Original URL path: http://www.ticonet.co.cr/costa-rica/readings/051216.html (2015-06-03)
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  • United Airlines Launches Liberia, Costa Rica Service
    are seeking particularly during the winter vacation season said Greg Taylor United s senior vice president Planning The Pacific side of Costa Rica and its growing resort community is an extremely popular vacation destination The new flights are timed for convenient connections in Chicago The service will be operated with an Airbus 320 aircraft configured with 12 United First and 126 Economy seats Flights are open for sale New flights include Flight Origin Destination Departure Arrival Frequency UA1099 ORD LIR 8 30 a m 1 45 p m Saturday only UA1098 LIR ORD 2 40 p m 7 54 p m Saturday only About United United Airlines OTC Bulletin Board UALAQ operates more than 3 400 flights a day on United United Express and Ted to more than 200 U S domestic and international destinations from its hubs in Los Angeles San Francisco Denver Chicago and Washington D C With key global air rights in the Asia Pacific region Europe and Latin America United is one of the largest international carriers based in the United States United is also a founding member of Star Alliance which provides connections for our customers to 790 destinations in 138 countries worldwide United s

    Original URL path: http://www.ticonet.co.cr/costa-rica/readings/051019.html (2015-06-03)
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