Ecuadorian regional telco Etapatelecom (ETAPA), based in Cuenca, has begun offering internet and value added services in the capital Quito, according to BNamericas quoting local daily El Comercio. ETAPA is offering pre- and post-paid internet services to residential and corporate customers. The expansion involved an investment of around USD100,000. The move is the first step in ETAPA’s plan to expand its services nationwide, company president Boris Piedra was quoted as saying. The company plans to hold a tender in June for a fixed line rollout, to be completed in the latter part of 2006 at a cost of around USD7 million. According to GlobalComms, at the end of September 2005 ETAPA had 104,585 fixed lines in service.