Telefonica says 90% of broadband users to have 1Mbps by year-end

3 Oct 2007

Telefonica’s Brazilian unit says nine out of ten users will have access to downstream connection speeds of at least 1Mbps by the year end, writes BNamericas citing the company’s Antonio Carlos Valente as saying. Currently, only 13% of the total base have broadband connections of 1Mbps, but Telefonica Brasil is investing BRL500 million (USD274 million) in its high speed internet services this year to redress that. The company’s move will also aid its quest to launch IPTV in the country. Internet TV services usually require a minimum speed of 2Mbps-2.5Mbps, but new encoding technology coming on the market will enable operators to offer IPTV with a connection of 1Mbps-1.5Mbps, Valente said.

Brazil, Telefonica Brasil (Vivo)