Seven of Bolivia’s telecoms operators are reportedly carrying out tests on the country’s first internet exchange point (IXP), according to BNamericas. With the IXP having been installed in La Paz, Clifford Paravicini, head of local telecoms regulator La Autoridad de Telecomunicaciones y Transportes (ATT), was said to have confirmed that the telcos that have connected are: state-owned Empresa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Entel); mobile network operators NuevaTel (Viva) and Telecel (Tigo); co-operatives COTAS , COMTECO and COTEL; and privately-owned alternative fixed line operator AXS Bolivia.
Alongside confirming the identities of those firms connecting to the first IXP, the ATT is also reported to have said that it expects the total investment for the deployment of three IXPs in Bolivia to now reach USD600,000. Entel will provide the necessary infrastructure for the IXP’s nodes in the cities of La Paz, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz, though Mr Paravicini has previously said that the internet traffic will not be controlled by any operator.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in July 2013 it was revealed that Entel and five privately-owned operators would construct the country’s first IXPs. At that date the ATT claimed that the deployment of such infrastructure would reduce internet traffic latencies in Bolivia, as well as costs, by allowing traffic to be routed locally, and thus avoiding expensive international connections. However, in September 2013 the regulator issued a resolution which approved the creation of a technical council to build the first IXP, after operators failed to coordinate its construction within the agreed timeframe.