Paraguay’s monopoly basic telephony operator Copaco has signed interconnection deals with almost half of the country’s private ISPs and now carries close to 90% of local internet traffic over its network, according to local daily La Nación. Last month the incumbent reached an agreement with the country’s national internet body Capadi to allow local ISPs to resell internet connections over its infrastructure. Previously the 15 members of Capadi provide connections directly via international networks, but regulator Conatel banned such practice, forcing the ISPs to deal directly with Copaco. Whilst Capadi claimed to be displeased with the rates set by the incumbent, its member operators have had little choice but to accept the proposals.
Copaco owns and operates a 350,000-capacity fixed line network and a fibre-optic network linking the capital Asunción with the cities of Coronel Oveido and Cuidad del Este. Its international connectivity is provided via access to Telefónica de Argentina’s transoceanic fibre-optic cable which offers bandwidth of 155Mbps. The incumbent says it plans to roll out ADSL services before the end of the year and is currently deciding whether to offer the technology direct via a private ISP.