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New Cell Phone Tower – Pros and Cons for Nosara

Article by Ashley Steyaert


On Tuesday, June 8th, ICE installed a new telecommunications tower providing coverage across a circumference of 3 kilometers from its base on Las Huacas mountain overlooking Playa Guiones, expanding 3G service from as far as Barco Quebrado to Downtown Nosara.

For the first time, mobile phone service is available to many areas, including in Guiones and Pelada, but those with phones using older technology will have to upgrade.

Although the installation of the new tower increases the service coverage of 3G technology, which provides internet service, the tower has raised some concerns of neighbors regarding it’s potential impact on property values and health.

3G, or Third Generation International Mobile Telecommunications Services, includes wide-area wireless voice telephone, video calls, and wireless data, all in a mobile environment.


While the new ICE tower raises the service quality provided to local area 3G users, the aesthetics could lower the property value of real estate lots whose panoramic views may now be obstructed. Local La Campana real estate agent Christina Maya Trafton explains “if you can see a cell tower from your lot, it probably does lower the value… on the other hand, we all like to be able to communicate and talk with our friends and neighbors. It’s a trade-off.”

Kathleen King with Eco Realty says “I don’t see how [the tower] can’t lower the value [of nearby lots] because it’s ugly, [but] we definitely need it” for communication purposes.

Health concerns have been raised by at least one person who lives near the tower.
The effects of both frequent mobile phone use, as well as spending time in close proximity to towers which emit high frequency radiation, have been studied for years. The results of these studies have been mixed, and some have raised concerns about high and/or steady exposure.

International standards have been set to minimize the exposure levels, but because research on the health risks has not been conclusive one way or the other, much controversy surrounds exposure levels. According to the World Health Organization, the scientific and medical communities have reached a consensus that cancer or other negative health effects are unlikely to be caused by cellular phones or their base stations.

Foreigners who come to visit Costa Rica with their 3G cell phones such as the iPhone or Blackberry “need only to go to their service provider in their country prior to coming to Costa Rica and request roaming service and make a deposit. If ICE has a roaming agreement with that country, their 3G cell phone service will work the same as it does in the country of origin,” ICE according to Rose Mary Monge. “It works the same for people from Costa Rica who want to have 3G service abroad,” she adds. For more information on roaming and 3G service through ICE, visit their website at www.grupoice.com.


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