Subtel launches a tender for FON project

15 Oct 2019

Chile’s Department of Telecommunications (Subsecretaria de Telecomunicaciones, Subtel) has launched a tender for a ‘National Fibre-Optic (FON)’ project aiming to deploy 10,000km of fibre infrastructure across the country. The government has allocated a subsidy of CLP86 billion (USD120 million) for the programme, which will see the allocation of contracts in six subdivisions: Arica and Parinacota Macrozone (Arica and Parinacota regions); Northern Macrozone (Antofagasta and Atacama regions); Central Northern Macrozone (Coquimbo, Valparaiso and Metropolitan regions); Central Macrozone (O’Higgins and Maule regions); Central Southern Macrozone (Nuble and Biobio regions); and Southern Macrozone (Araucania, Los Rios and Los Lagos regions). Interested parties are given 60 working days to submit their bids (until 7 January 2020), with the winners scheduled to be announced by March 2020.