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Telebras and TIM Brasil agree deal to transfer 2,208km of fibre-optic

6 Dec 2013

State-owned Telebras has signed a mutual agreement with fellow Brazilian operator TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil) to swap fibre-optic infrastructure totalling a length of 2,208km. Under the plan, TIM will cede Telebras infrastructure on the Tucuri link joining Para, Manaus (Amazonas) and Tucuria (Macapa), the state-controlled provided has agreed to pass optical fibre links to TIM Brasil in strategic areas of the North , Southeast and Northeast regions, as well as two sections in Belo Horizonte – Victoria, and Teresina Tucuri – Bethlehem – Juazeiro – Petrolina – Paulo Afonso. The deal will strengthen the provision of broadband service in remote locations across Brazil as part of the national broadband programme (PNBL).

In the wake of the announcement, TIM Brasil has said it plans to deploy a total of 65,000km of fibre by 2016, aided by a BRL11 billion (USD4.7 billion) CAPEX in the period 2014-2016.

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