The board of Parana-based state power company Companhia Paranaense de Energia (Copel) has approved the group’s BRL2 billion (USD1.2 billion) capital expenditure plan for 2011, of which BRL102.4 million will be set aside for telecoms projects.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Copel Telecommunications (Copel Telecom) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Brazilian utility group Companhia Paranaense de Energia (Copel), which acquired a telecommunications licence in 1998, and in 2001 created Copel Telecom to provide corporate telecoms services within the southern state of Parana and international long-distance services (since August 1998). By 2002 Copel Telecom’s network had reached 60 cities in Parana offering internet access via an IP network service platform, and had more than 150 customers. As at 30 September 2010 Copel’s telecoms infrastructure comprised 6,026km of optical cabling (main ring), with a total of 10,677km of self-sustained optical cables. At the same date it served 233 cities and had 877 customers.