New Jersey-based long-distance carrier IDT Telecom has announced that it has joined forces with Paraguayan fixed line incumbent Compania Paraguaya de Comunicaciones (Copaco) to provide international pre-paid calling card services to the tens of thousands of Paraguayans living in Spain and throughout Europe. Initially, Paraguayans in Spain will be able to purchase and use Copaco-branded calling cards where IDT cards are sold, with the two companies planning to distribute the cards through IDT’s extensive distribution network in Europe, which includes over 100,000 retail outlets. Marcelo Licht, VP Americas for IDT Telecom, commented: ‘IDT is delighted to work with Copaco on this ground-breaking initiative. Paraguay is one of the fastest growing and exciting markets in South America … The increase in minutes across our global network will further strength IDT’s position in Latin America and will give Copaco customers high quality calls and extremely reliable service’. IDT confirmed that it intends to work with other international telecoms carriers to offer similar services to immigrant and expatriate communities around the world.