Cabase plans rival network

17 Jun 2008

ISP association Cabase plans to deploy an alternative fibre-optic network in Argentina to compete in the broadband market with Telefonica and Telecom, reports BNamericas citing local newspaper La Nacion. The goal of the project is to increase broadband services in provinces outside the capital Buenos Aires. ‘The only way to make broadband grow in the interior of the country is by creating the infrastructure,’ Cabase president Hernan Seoane was quoted as saying. The association will present a map to regulator Secom within the next 45 days that shows existing fibre-optic cables and a plan on how to interconnect the networks. ISPs – which currently have to interconnect with networks belonging to Telefonica and Telecom – complain that the rates the main telcos charge for access is too high. The new network would operate as a cooperative and costs would be determined according to use, the ISP association president said. Cabase represents Iplan, Comsat, Global Crossing, Telmex, Fibertel and telephone cooperatives.