Ministry signs pledge for 90% broadband coverage by 2017

6 Jun 2014

Ecuador’s telecoms minister has signed Ministerial Agreement 035-2014, which states that by 2017, 90% of the country will be covered by fixed and mobile broadband networks, Telesemana reports. To meet this goal, the Ministry set policies for the development and implementation of high speed networks, while it also established the need to promote technological upgrading, promote the modernisation of transmission media and infrastructure service delivery, accelerate the granting of spectrum bands and encourage the creation of business plans and services that are affordable to priority groups and economically disadvantaged citizens, among others. The ministry has also amended the official definition of broadband to: ‘bandwidth provided to a user at a transmission rate equal to or greater than 1024kbps down[link].’

Ecuador, Ministry of Telecoms & Information Society (Mintel)