BNAmericas reports Brazilian telecoms operator TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil) as saying that it expects to have deployed a total of 40,000km of fibre-optic networks in the country by the end of this year. Quoting the head of its TIM Fiber division Rogerio Takayanagi, speaking at the Broadband Latin America conference in Sao Paulo, the telco plans to continue rollout over the next two years to more than 50,000km, he said. The operator’s TIM Fiber infrastructure currently serves 21 municipalities in the regions of Greater Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. It has so far amassed around 20,000 retail customers for its fibre broadband service, four-fifths of whom enjoy minimum connection speeds of 35Mbps. Mr Takayanagi says that TIM Brasil is currently spending BRL800 (USD358.9) per fibre connection in CAPEX on the deployment – compared to a national average of approximately BRL3,000 – and has cornered a roughly 76% market share in the areas in which its fibre-to-the-curb (FTTC) service TIM Fiber is offered.