Christchurch-based Tait Communications has signed a contract
with Costa Rica's largest electric utility company, Instituto
Costarricense de Electricidad to provide more than 1800
mobile and portable digital radios for its workforce, the
San José-based Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE)
is a state-owned electric utility that also provides
fixed-line and mobile telephony, internet and data
communications services throughout Costa Rica.
ICE personnel will use the Christchurch-designed and
manufactured Tait equipment when installing and repairing
electricity and telecommunications networks.
Tait's chief marketing officer James Kyd said the digital
radios ICE has chosen are compliant with P25, an
international open standard that allows for improved
communications within and between agencies - especially
Kyd said Central and South America were becoming increasingly
important markets for Tait.
Last year, military police fighting organised crime in the
Brazilian state of Paraná selected high-tech digital mobile
radios designed and built by Tait.
Brazil's Sao Paulo Civil Police had also committed to a new
US$4 million upgrade of its existing Tait P25 digital radio
network to trunking operation, which will further help
officers combat organised crime in the city of more than 11
Tait, which is owned by a charitable trust, was founded by
electronics pioneer the late Sir Angus Tait in 1969. It
employs about 800 people globally.