Informática Internacional combines
with RACSA to provide inexpensive Internet access; other projects
SAN JOSE - Informática Internacional,
the parent company of the Internet portal CostaRica.net, is once
again joining with the national Internet provider Radiográfica
Costarricense (RACSA) to offer dial-up services.
Through Informática, anyone
in Costa Rica with a home computer can purchase unlimited access
to the world-wide Internet for just $15 per month..
The new rates are part of an initiative
called "Internet for the home" (Internet para el hog@r)
in response to a call from Costa Rican President Miguel Angel
Rodríguez to broaden domestic Internet access in order
to promote education and consolidate the country in "the
global society of information".
"The only requirement for a
Costa Rican citizen is a copy of a telephone bill and his/her
identity card; foreign nationals residing in the country have
to present a copy of their residence permit or their passport,
plus a valid credit card", said Javier Siu of Informática
Internacional. An advance payment is also required.
Prospective users of this new, inexpensive
"Internet for the home" service should bear in mind
that the account can be accessed only from the telephone number
registered. The new service is only for personal use. ISDN line
users are not eligible. The user’s line also has to be compatible
with the national telephone company’s caller id system.
And, of course, as with all other
dial-up accounts, the "Internet for the home" user will
also be billed by ICE, Costa Rica’s telephone company, for time
on the phone (approximately 60˘ an hour for local calls).
is also offering several other RACSA packages, including Cyberpack
10 (ten hours per month) at $9.90 per month; Cyberpack 15 (15
hours per month) at $15.00; Cyberpack 20 (20 hours per month )
at $20.00; Cyberpack 25 (25 hours per month) at $25.00; and the
full package of 90 hours per month at $35.00. These services are
accessible from any telephone in the country. Extra hours will
be billed at additional rates.
All the above include an e-mail address;
Cyberpack 25 comes with two addresses. For those requesting additional
e-mail addresses, the price is $4 each per month.
It is hoped that the new packages
will help stimulate the growth of Internet users in Costa Rica
from the current figure of 800,000 to more than a million by the
end of next year. Costa Rica has by far Central America’s greatest
number of Internet users.
"We welcome the opportunity
to provide Internet access in conjunction with RACSA, and to be
able to offer these excellent rates", said Informática
president Charles Stratford. "Informática Internacional
has a solid reputation in the foreign community here in Costa
Rica, and I’m certain we will receive many requests for dial-up
According to Mr. Stratford, there
are many potential advantages to strategic alliances between smaller,
private companies such as Informática and RACSA.
"Our value-added services can
complement RACSA’s infrastructure in areas such as marketing,
tourism and e-commerce, thus generating revenue for the entire
country", he added.
RACSA and Informática Internacional
are currently discussing several co-sponsored initiatives.