CentroSur to begin broadband services

29 Jul 2008

Cuenca-based power utility CentroSur will be awarded a licence to offer commercial telephony and ISP services on 8 August, reports BNamericas. CentroSur says it expects to launch local access services within three months of signing, although it is still hammering out regulatory details for the provision of broadband-over-power line (BPL) services – its preferred access method. The utility expects to run a small BPL pilot from 4 August onwards in conjunction with telecoms authority Suptel, and the two parties will meet on 11 August to finalise official service standards for BPL, before CentroSur invites proposals from suppliers. The firm believes there is demand for 10,000 BPL users in its home city, and has said that after a year it will expand the service to the neighbouring provinces of Azuay, Canar and Morona Santiago. It also has plans to offer fibre-optic transport services to domestic telcos, ISPs and mobile operators, and has identified corporate demand for connections based on dedicated fibre, GPON and wireless access technologies.