Net plans four-fold increase in Wi-Fi hotspots in 2013

20 Dec 2012

Brazil’s Net Servicos (Net) plans to increase the number of Wi-Fi access points on its network to 10,000 in 2013, up from the current 2,400, covering 15 cities across the country. Net has been deploying Wi-Fi hotspots in high-density population areas since 2011 and as part of its wider strategy to build customer loyalty, says the hotspots will be ‘free’ to existing subscribers.

As reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate yesterday, the cable services operator is looking to expand its operational footprint to an additional 44 cities from January next year, investing at least BRL2.7 billion (USD1.29 billion) in the process. The group’s chief executive Jose Felix was quoted as saying that the rollout will take in a number of key cities, including Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Pernambuco, Bahia, Maranhao and Para. Furthermore, Felix told journalists at a press conference that his firm intends to ramp up product synergies with its sister companies Embratel and Telecom Americas (Claro) – both of which are also part of the America Movil stable.