Paraguay’s state-owned telco Copaco has called for the Paraguayan government to back its proposals to lay a new cable link between Paraguay and its land-locked neighbour Bolivia, with a view to crossing the rest of the continent and entering the Pacific Ocean where it can link to an international submarine cable. Copaco owner Mario Esquivel requested a private meeting with Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo in order to stress the importance of the proposed link up, asserting that without the full participation of the Bolivian government it will be impossible to connect Paraguay to the submarine cable. By linking to the international fibre network, prohibitively expensive broadband prices could drop dramatically. Esquivel commented: ‘I want the government to be fully aware of the importance of the project.’ He hopes to commence construction in 2011, with a 2013 end-date mooted. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, as at March 2010 Paraguay reported just 7.2% broadband penetration.