Pacifictel to tender line rollout and repair contracts

23 Nov 2007

Ecuadorian state-run fixed line operator Pacifictel plans to award two PSTN contracts: one to deploy new lines in coastal regions, and a second to repair and maintain existing infrastructure, reports BNamericas quoting local daily El Comercio. A date for the tenders is yet to be fixed, but according to Pacifictel president Walter Guerra, new rollouts are planned to increase capacity by up to 600,000 potential new customers. He added that fixed-wireless technology would be deployed to avoid the problem of cable theft, the rollout would cover rural areas, and would include voice lines, internet and public telephony services. According to local telecoms watchdog Suptel, Pacifictel has 711,394 fixed line customers, 4,931 dial-up subscribers and 1,130 broadband customers.

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