Sky Brasil Servicos (Sky Brazil), the pay-TV provider majority owned by US-based DirecTV, saw its broadband subscriber base reach 100,000 in 2014, the parent company has disclosed in its 2014 annual report. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, on 14 December 2011 Sky Brazil launched a 4G Time-Division Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) service in Brasilia (Distrito Federal), with plans to roll out the service to other Brazilian cities in due course. Coverage initially focused on areas underserved by conventional broadband infrastructure, but has increased exponentially in subsequent years.
Detailing its future plans, DirecTV notes in the report: ‘We are focused on selectively pursuing opportunities to acquire spectrum and expand a technologically robust and profitable fixed-wireless broadband service in areas where our existing subscriber base has limited competitive wireline offerings to choose from, or access to broadband is limited. We currently have spectrum holdings that cover approximately 50 million households across Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and Peru. At the end of 2014, we had rolled out coverage to about 4.5 million of these homes, mostly in Brazil … We began rolling out service in Colombia during late-2014 and expect to begin service in Venezuela and Peru sometime in 2015.’