Telefónica’s Ecuador link open for business in November

20 Jun 2007

Ecuador’s telecoms regulator Conatel has authorised carriers’ carrier Telefónica International Wholesale Services (TIWS) to connect local operators to its SAM-1 pan-American submarine fibre-optic network, reports BNamericas, quoting Ecuadorian daily El Universo. The authorisation enables the Spanish giant to land a 1,200km extension of the SAM-1 cable at Punta Carnero in Guayas province at a cost of USD37 million. TIWS is expected to complete the new section by November this year, and has already awarded Spanish infrastructure and IT provider Avanzit a USD1.3 million contract to build a switching center for the Ecuador link. Once the cable is lit, domestic internet rates are expected to fall by at least 50%, since local ISPs will no longer have to connect to worldwide networks via Peru.

Ecuador, Telefonica