Brazilian state-controlled telecoms group Telecomunicacoes Brasileiras (Telebras) and Uruguayan operator Administracion Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Anatel) have concluded the signing of the first interconnection point for their respective fibre-optic networks, according to online IT journal Prensario. The node, which is in the Brazilian city of Santana do Livramento, situated near the Uruguayan border, was inaugurated in a joint ceremony attended by officials from both firms and Brazil’s communications minister Paulo Bernardo. The deal marks the first interconnection agreement completed by Telebras, which last month announced it had extended its fibre-optic backbone by 8,900km to link the southeast state capitals of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Vitoria. The expansion concluded the telco’s interconnection of all of Brazil’s regions, meaning that Telebras’ backbone now spans 25,000km, providing direct or indirect connectivity to 1,300 municipalities under the auspices of Brazil’s national broadband plan (Plano Nacional de Banda Larga, or PNBL).
For its part, Antel is looking to ramp up the deployment of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) infrastructure in Uruguay and in May this year. Announced plans to invest around USD140 million in fibre this year, following on from the USD110 million spent on the infrastructure in the two years to end-2012. Antel president Carolina Cosse was quoted as saying that the FTTH project passes around 418,000 households, 111,000 of which are already connected to the network. The company, which holds a monopoly on the provision of fixed line services in Uruguay, expects the network to cover around 25% of homes in the country by the end of this year. Services are marketed under the brand ‘Vera’, with plans for residential users ranging in price from UYU690 (USD33.8) per month for a basic 2Mbps downstream connection to UYU1,590 for the top-end 120Mbps/12Mbps download/upload plan.