RNTW targets 200 cities for fixed telephony services

18 Mar 2008

Brazilian wireless voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) telephony provider RNTW is planning to offer fixed wireless telephony services in 200 cities with more than 24,000 inhabitants, reports BNamericas citing a company statement. It says it has picked the targeted cities because they currently lack competition in the local services market. Together, the 200 cities selected have 34 million people and four million lines in service. ‘We found around 900 cities in the country in those conditions. These cities are only served by the concessionaries and the customers do not have any other option,’ RNTW’s executive director Herlon Oliveira told the online news service. The newcomer will operate via partnerships with local ISPs and will invest around BRL12 million (USD7.06 million) to buy equipment from Brazilian equipment manufacturer Tropico to get the service off the ground. RNTW uses all-IP NGN technology in its networks and foregrounds triple-play services in its portfolio. It says that its low installation and maintenance costs mean that it does not have to charge a monthly subscription fee.