Manabi to get new broadband provider

30 Jun 2006

US-based VoIP provider Interlink Global has revealed plans to partner Ecuadorian private sector companies and local authorities to launch a new broadband and IP telephony operator in the state of Manabi, which has a population of 1.13 million and telephony penetration of less than 6%. The new telco, preliminarily named Manabitel, will be 25% owned by Interlink, and requires an investment of around USD40 million to launch broadband internet, telephony and other applications over Interlink’s infrastructure across the entire state. Interlink has participated in similar projects in Mexico and Nigeria. Interlink VP Severino Rivano announced: ‘Through the development of Manabitel, the goal of the local government is to serve a large percentage of unattended high speed internet and telephony demand in three years, despite an estimated deficit of approximately 150,000 telephone lines and the fact that broadband is virtually non-existent.’