The Dominican Republic’s regulatory authority, Instituto Dominicano de las Telecomunicaciones (Indotel), has announced the deployment of 3,124km of fibre-optic cables in the North and West regions of the country, local news agency Listin Diario reports. According to the article, the government plans to spend USD64 million over a period of five years on a fibre-optic backbone, in order to extend the network to 28% of the population, predominantly in the southern provinces. Indotel’s director Gideon Santos revealed that Spain-based Idom was contracted to lay 1,723km of fibre over three years, with additional 505km to be deployed across a five-year period. Further, the Dominican Electricity Transmission Company (ETED) will provide an additional 896km worth of infrastructure over a five year period.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in October 2008 the regulator announced that it expected the country’s national fibre-optic backbone network to be completed by end-2010, providing broadband services to at least 90% of territory. However, by April 2011, the tender had still to be launched, with the government announcing that it hoped to select a supplier by the end of 2011. The latest development came in February 2012 when Indotel approved a number of development projects to be included in its 2012-2013 Biennial Plan.