Chilean triple-play provider VTR-Metropolis has invested USD3.5 million in launching VoIP telephony services for residential users in Region IV of the country, according to BNamericas. VTR is now able to provide bundled voice telephony, cable TV and internet access services in the cities of La Serena and Coquimbo. The move is part of the company’s five-year USD500 million investment plan designed to achieve nationwide triple-play coverage by 2010, by which time it aims to serve two million homes. Between now and the end of the year, it expects to invest USD40 million in the plan. VTR ended June with a total client base of 740,000 cable users, 375,000 telephony subscribers and 260,000 broadband users. The cableco’s goal for 2005 is to achieve 800,000 cable TV users, over 400,000 telephone lines in service and 350,000 active broadband connections, by bringing its services to a total of 200,000 new households.
Also in the past week, fixed line operator Telmex Chile has launched the first section of a next-generation voice, data and video network that Mexican parent Telmex says will eventually span most of Latin America, making it the most extensive triple-play network in the region.