Embratel grabs wireless broadband tender

28 Aug 2008

BNamericas is reporting that Brazilian fixed line operator Embratel has won the contract to provide wireless broadband internet access to 12,000 remote points in 4,214 cities throughout Brazil; the consortium of companies led by Embratel will receive BRL3.3 million (USD2.03 million) a month for the duration of the 46-month concession. Gesac, the federal government’s programme for digital inclusion, issued the tender, aiming to provide internet access in areas where broadband infrastructure did not exist. Of the 12,000 access points, approximately two-thirds will be located in public schools, with the remainder in public internet centres; the access points are expected to offer free internet access, with speeds between 256Kbps and 8Mbps.