State broadband plan envisages trials in 300 cities

12 Mar 2010

The government of Brazil plans to trial its nationwide broadband plan in 300 cities across the country, BNamericas quotes the country’s presidential special adviser Cezar Alvarez as saying. Although the cities themselves have not as yet been selected, the government is planning on testing services in both large and small municipalities. The government advisor confirmed that total investment for the national broadband project could range from BRL1.5 billion (USD848 million) to BRL15 billion – in terms of state-backed investment alone. Total investment could reach BRL26.5 billion when taking into account the input of privately owned groups. The Brazilian authorities aim to connect more than 30 million fixed lines to the internet by 2014, as well as 60 million mobile connections.