Ecuadorian telecoms supervisory body Supertel calculates that as of 30 June 2008 the country’s fixed line teledensity reached 13.3%, as telcos reported a total of 1.845 million lines in service by that date. Andinatel is the largest provider, with 53.15% of lines, followed by Pacifictel (38.9%), ETAPA (6.40%), Setel (1.15%), Linkotel (0.23%), Ecuador Telecom (Ecutel, 0.11%) and Etapatelecom (0.07%). The number of public telephones in operation stood at 9,545 at the mid-year point, the lion’s share of them provided by Andinatel. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, at the end of 2007 Ecuador had 1.812 million fixed lines in service
In related news, Ecuadorian telecoms council Conatel’s head Jaime Guerrero told BNamericas that the government expects to reach 19% fixed line penetration by 2010, whilst in the fixed broadband segment, penetration is expected to reach 7% by 2010 compared to the current figure of below 1%. The state also expects total investment in the telecoms sector to reach USD617 million over the next two years.