Rural rollout reaches second stage

19 Aug 2011

The Chilean government’s plan to bring telecom services to around three million residents in underserved areas has entered its second phase, which will benefit 991,000 people in 587 communities. The project, dubbed ‘Todo Chile Comunicado’ is a joint operation between the government and local telco Entel to expand 1Mbps internet and telephony facilities into rural areas. The third, and final, stage is expected to be completed by the start of 2012. USD110 million has been invested in the plan to date, with USD45 million from the Telecommunications Development Fund (TDF) and the remaining USD65 million supplied by Entel. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, at the end of March 2011 population penetration for mobile services was 128.3% and household penetration for broadband stood at 39.8%.