Andinatel lays out broadband, IPTV, fixed line plans

3 Apr 2008

Ecuadorian fixed line operator Andinatel plans to begin TV-over-xDSL trials in the next few months ahead of a full commercial IPTV launch next year, the state-run telco’s president Cesar Regalado told BNamericas. Andinatel, the incumbent PSTN provider in northern and eastern areas, plans to launch IPTV initially in the capital Quito before gradually expanding to other areas. Regalado also revealed wider rollout plans for 2008, confirming that Andinatel expects total annual spending to reach USD227 million. Of the total, USD58 million will go into developing fixed line telephony services, while USD26.5 million has been earmarked for the broadband and data segment, with the rest reserved for ‘connectivity and social programmes’. Regalado said that his company will end 2008 with around 1.1 million fixed lines in service, up from 993,000 at the end of 2007, with planned rollouts to include the deployment of 30,000 lines in rural and isolated parts of the Amazonia region. The president also set a goal of reaching 100,000 broadband internet subscribers by end-December, up from 17,000 at the beginning of the year, driven by actively encouraging the migration from dial-up to broadband technology. Additionally, Regalado said that the first phase of an IP network being built in partnership with US vendor Cisco should be ready for launch by August this year.