Ecuadorian telco Etapatelecom has expanded its fixed line, data and internet operations to cities across the country, BNamericas reports, quoting local press. Etapatelecom, the nationally licensed telecoms unit of Cuenca-based municipal operator ETAPA, plans to launch bundled packages of all its services, its general manger Boris Piedra was quoted as saying. The executive also said the company plans to deploy several fibre-optic rings in Guayaquil, with total investments to expand operations in the city reaching approximately USD20 million. In March Etapatelecom contracted Chinese vendor Huawei to deploy a next generation network (NGN) covering Cuenca, Quito and Guayaquil, under a nationwide expansion programme requiring further investment of USD20 million. Etapatelecom recently signed an agreement with Guayaquil-based power utility Corporacion para la Administracion Temporal Electrica de Guayaquil (Categ), to use part of the latter’s infrastructure to provide telecoms services in the country’s largest city.