Municipal multi-utility operator ETAPA has invested USD10 million in deploying a next generation network (NGN) to expand telephony and internet services, local newspaper El Comercio reports, quoted by BNamericas. With the rollout, the Cuenca-based water and telecoms provider expects to reduce telephony and internet rates, whilst the NGN platform will enable it to install up to 100,000 new fixed lines in the short term. The company’s technical director for telecommunications, Alfredo Carrillo, said that ETAPA’s goal is to migrate all users from TDM to IP technology. In just under a month of operation, 3,500 users have been migrated to the IP-based network. The telco also plans to set up twelve free public Wi-Fi access zones in Cuenca.