Ecuadorian state-run fixed line operator Pacifictel expects to deploy 20,000 new fixed lines in the provinces of Azuay, Cañar and Loja by 2010, reports BNamericas, quoting local newspaper El Mercurio. In a second phase of the project, the company would deploy 20,000 more lines in the provinces of Morona Santiago, Manabí, El Oro and possibly Galapagos, according to the press report. Ecuador ended the first quarter of 2007 with 1.76 million fixed telephony subscribers, up almost 3% year-on-year, according to sector supervisory body Suptel. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database says that seven companies are licensed to offer fixed line services in the country: public sector sister telcos Andinatel and Pacifictel, as well as Setel, ETAPA, Etapatelecom, Ecuadortelecom (Ecutel) and Linkotel. Andinatel provides over 50% of all fixed lines, with a concession area covering the north and east, whilst Pacifictel’s network covers the south and west and accounts for another 40%. Teledensity stood at 13.2% at the end of 2006.