BNAmericas writes that Brazilian carrier Telefonica Brazil (Vivo) and TIM Brasil are expanding their respective fibre service footprints in the country. TIM Brasil intends to expand residential fibre coverage of its Live TIM service to 16 new districts in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro this month, boosting total coverage to 77 neighbourhoods in the cities. The Telecom Italia (TI) owned unit currently has 34,000 Live TIM subscribers, receiving fibre connection speeds of 35Mbps and 50Mbps for BRL69.9 (USD31.8) and BRL89.9, respectively.
For its part, the Telefonica-controlled carrier has lit 14km of fibre in Brasilia, mainly to support its offerings to the corporate segment. Vivo plans to activate the fibre service in five state capitals by the year end, namely Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Salvador and Porto Alegre. It is understood that the new infrastructure has already been deployed in the first three named cities, and that upon completion, around 133.9km of fibre should be deployed in total. Going forward, Vivo plans to further expand coverage beyond the Sao Paulo state border to other localities in 2014, as part of the group’s BRL24 billion investment in 2011-2014. The fibre networks will support connections ranging from 2Mbps to 100Mbps.