BNamericas writes that Brazilian telco Global Village Telecom (GVT) has improved its portfolio of ultra-high speed broadband services, with the launch of a maximum 150Mbps fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) offer. In a statement, the company said that whilst until now it had usually offered fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) only, it is now able to offer FTTH which will reduce latency and boost its maximum data speeds beyond the pervious limit of 100Mbps. The telco’s fibre offer is available in all cities currently served by GVT, priced at BRL299.90 (USD152) per month for a triple-play package. In addition to the launch of a 150Mbps service, the telco says it is also lowering the monthly cost of its 50Mbps service by BRL50, with its VP of marketing Marco Lopes noting: ‘These moves reinforce our strategy of innovation in ultrafast broadband with increasingly affordable prices for our customers’.
GVT is however, not the only Brazilian operator with an active interest in the country’s fledging FTTx market. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database in March this year Telefonica (Vivo) the newly integrated fixed and mobile unit of Telefonica of Spain, said it hopes to double the number of subscribers to its FTTH broadband internet service to 230,000 by the end of 2013. According to its head of FTTH services Andre Krieger: ‘Last year we didn’t expand our coverage much, but in 2013 we are working to double our coverage, entering new cities. We are seeing a very good response from the market and customers.’ The operator’s recent growth has however been sharp, with the FTTH base climbing from around 1,000 connections in 2011 to around 115,000 at the end of last year, the director told the TM Forum in Sao Paulo.