Liberty Costa Rica (Liberty Latin America) said it has officially begun testing 5G network tests at an initial three sites, with another 31 to follow. The fifth-generation network was switched on in the centre of Costa Rica’s capital San Jose and on the campus of the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica and the Ultrapark Dos tax free zone in the city of Heredia.

The operator is using a 100MHz segment of the 3.5 GHz band for the trials, with 17 more sites ready for testing once it receives government approval. A total of 34 sites are ready to be activated, including ones in Paseo Colon, La Sabana, the Nacional and Ricardo Saprissa stadiums as well as Parque Viva, said Liberty.

The aim is to evaluate the network’s performance via the tests and also set up an in-store public demonstration space so that users can test fibre-like speeds of over 1 Gbps on handsets and on a 5G home device.

Costa Rica’s Science, Technology and Telecommunications Ministry (Micitt) last year reached deals with operators ICE, Racsa and Liberty to increase the amount of spectrum to be included in a 5G tender that has been delayed several times.

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