Ecuador reaches 35,000km fibre, targets 45,000km by end-2017

7 Jan 2015

Ecuador’s Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Society (Mintel) reported that the country currently has 35,111km of optical fibre transmission infrastructure installed and expects to reach 45,000km by the end of 2017, supported by a state initiative to reduce the digital divide. As reported by TeleSemana, in 2006 Ecuador had a domestic fibre backbone spanning 3,500km which rose to 15,000km in 2012, whilst for its part state-owned incumbent telco Corporacion Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (CNT) said its fibre-optic infrastructure reached 12,410km in mid-2014.

According to other end-of-year statistics from Mintel, ‘eight out of every 100 people’ in Ecuador use fixed broadband services, while by November 2014, 7,105 public educational institutions were connected to broadband in a programme benefitting more than 2.6 million students and 123,558 teachers. At the end of 2014 Ecuador had 490 operational community telecentres (infocentro) benefiting nearly 2.8 million people.