Alcatel-Lucent has been selected by CANTV, Venezuela’s dominant fixed telecoms provider, as a supplier for a national fibre-optic network expansion project aimed at dramatically increasing broadband capacity and ensuring nationwide access to high speed internet, voice, video and data services. Under the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will deploy 2,705 kilometres of fibre in the Central Western region of Venezuela – the largest portion of the 5,800km network expansion. The project will be implemented in phases over two years with the French-US vendor providing equipment, project management, design engineering, fibre-optic and passive elements sourcing, installation, acceptance tests and training. The initial phase of the project has already started, and upon completion in 2012 will expand the country’s state-owned fibre transmission infrastructure to 20,000 route kilometres, providing some twelve million Venezuelans – or approximately 40% of the population – in 19 states with simultaneous access to multiple high-definition TV channels, video on demand (VoD), SMS, voice and high speed internet.
CANTV’s CEO Nicolas Solorzano this week said that the government-owned operator’s total investments will reach USD700 million this year, with half of the amount going towards developing the 3G mobile network of its cellular division Movilnet.