Government to launch USD289mn broadband tender next month

15 Nov 2007

The government of Brazil is planning to launch a BRL500 million (USD289 million) tender for contracts to provide broadband connectivity for all of the country’s municipal councils, reports BNamericas citing local daily Gazeta Mercantil. Under the scheme, the state hopes to provide 20,000 points of presence (PoP) to the so-called ‘Gesac program’ which has already deployed 3,450 VSAT access points across the country, mainly for schools. In the next phase of Gesac, the government hopes to provide access to 5,565 municipalities including the installation of 12,000 new satellite PoPs. The tender will include two satellite connectivity contracts, one for the northeast and one for the rest of the country, and these are expected to account for 75% of the budget, or BRL400 million, says BNamericas.