A trade unionist from Costa Rican Institute of Electricity (ICE) assured that since mid-2021 the institution decided the architecture for the 5G network.
According to the union leader, the entity leaned towards a system stand alonethat is to say, does not take advantage of the installed base of 4G infrastructure for the fifth generation network.
“From June 2021 I had a meeting with the person in charge of 5G inside the ICE called Herbert Barrot and since then it had already been decided to implement the 5G technological variant stand alonethat is, that new road that you want to implement, so yes or yes you are going to have to invest a significant sum to deploy everything that this type of technology means, it is not a decision that was determined by this Executive Decree as such,” said Sergio Ortiz, president of the Costa Rican Telecommunications and Electricity Union Association (Acotel).
By the way called for the dismissal of ICE executive president Marco Acuña and instead appoint a competent professional to the position.
The regulations to which the union representative alludes is he Executive Decree No. 44196-MSP-MICITT that includes the Budapest Conventionwhich excludes companies based in countries that have not signed itof participate as infrastructure providers of telecommunications in national territory for IMT 2020 networks, such is the case of Huawei located in Chinaa nation that did not sign the international agreement to combat cybercrime that It has nothing to do with cybersecurity.
The institute was consulted about this and they responded that “the ICE is an autonomous institution with independent administration and based on technical, legal and economic studies.
The business decisions in the telecommunications market are confidential”.
He 5G network model proposed in the tender that ICE published, would not take advantage of the core infrastructure of the current fourth generation network.
Instead the entity proposes a network stand alone (SA), that is, new infrastructure is built without necessarily taking advantage of the equipment existing “core” (system core).
In the specifications for the acquisition of goods and services for the implementation of the 5G network delivery on demand, it is established that it will operate under a SA design (Stand Alone – option 2).
This concept is contrasts with non-stand alone (NSA), which is based on can reuse some of the core technology that is currently available, which would reduce costs and development times for fifth generation networks.