Government to pony-up USD70 million for internet projects

10 Oct 2008

Chile’s government has launched a plan to help subsidise the construction of internet infrastructure requiring investment of some USD100 million, reports BNamericas citing telecoms regulator Subtel. The infrastructure is designed to help provide broadband to rural areas where some three million Chileans live and give a major boost to agriculture and tourism. Telcos are free to present bids for the project, which will be awarded in December and must be completed by December 2009, a spokesperson for Subtel said. The government is expecting that the majority of connectivity will be provided via wireless technologies, most likely WiMAX.