ICE picks Telia Carrier for backbone services

Telia Carrier has been selected by Costa Rican telco Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) to provide dedicated internet access to its customers using Telia’s global backbone.

State-owned ICE, the largest over-the-top (OTT) operator in Central America, has experienced significant growth in demand for broadband services. 

The Costa Rican operator said it will leverage Telia Carrier’s global IP backbone to launch its first 100G IP transit services for operations in Central America, offering lower latency and more flexibility for its customer base.

“ICE is poised to become the leading provider of Internet and mobile telephony in Costa Rica, offering advanced solutions and robust networks that allow companies to project an extensive range of intelligent services,” says German Sanchez, head of the Infrastructure Division of ICE Group.

“Working with a leading Tier-1 Internet provider such as Telia Carrier assures our customers a direct secure connection to Internet access with lower latency, and the flexibility they need to grow, as well as more capacity than they need."

Telia Carrier’s global backbone, which is built on a redundant architecture, reaches the Maya-1 Cable system – an important gateway for Central American operators. This system, together with Telia Carrier’s IP Transit services in the U.S, are a key reason for why ICE picked Telia Carrier, the firm claims.

According to Dyn Research’s global backbone rankings, the company’s global IP backbone, AS1299, is currently ranked as number one.

The company enables worldwide connectivity by connecting more than 230 Points of Presence (PoPs) across Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East, including more than 80 PoPs in North America alone.

“ICE has climbed to the next level in the market by connecting its Internet backbone to Telia Carrier’s 100G services.. This capability marks an important step in meeting the growth of market demand and ensuring the development of telecommunications in Costa Rica,” says Edison De Leon, Regional Director of Latin America and the Caribbean for Telia Carrier.

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