Incumbent to roll out FWA in rural areas

4 Mar 2004

Paraguay’s state-owned fixed line telecoms operator Copaco has said it plans to deploy fixed wireless access (FWA) services to the rural areas of Alto Parana. The telco is targeting 3,000 inhabitants in the towns of San Alberto, Santa Rosa and Naranjal where it has already installed radio transmitter base stations. Copaco says that some 3,000 of its 29,000 customers in Alto Parana are struggling to pay their bills, and it hopes the lower cost alternative will drive this figure down. Handsets for the new service will cost PYG825,000 (USD138) each. Copaco’s service launch coincides with a move by Paraguayan Congressman Victor Bogado to lobby for a modification to the telecoms law to extend the remit of the Radio Council (Conser) and enable mobile operators, ISPs and paging companies to also offer FWA. As it stands Conser comprises representatives from radio and TV licensees.

Paraguay, Copaco