Brazilian telecoms operator Telefonica Brazil (including Telesp) says it has improved its coverage for Speedy broadband services in Sao Paulo state, extending its footprint to more than 90 additional municipalities, BNamericas quotes local press as saying. As a result of the rollout, Speedy is now available in 488 municipalities, covering 95% of the state’s population. Telefonica said it expects to increase coverage to 591 municipalities by year’s end and 622 by mid-2010.
The upgrade comes after the regulator Anatel told Telefonica in June this year it must stop selling Speedy broadband packages after complaints over the poor level of service quality it was offering. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database Telesp’s operation was ordered to suspend sales of Speedy broadband packages, effective 22 June. At the time, Anatel said the Spanish-owned group could resume sales once it had demonstrated it had taken steps to minimise disruptions to the service. Telefonica subsequently released plans to improve its IP network, changing and re-installing routers and other equipment over the course of this month. Capacity on the company’s Domain Name Server will also be doubled.