Paraguay’s RNFO close to completion, Ministry claims

7 Jan 2020

Paraguay’s Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (Ministerio de Tecnologias de la Informacion y Comunicacion, MITIC) has announced that it expects work on the National Fibre-Optic Network (Red Nacional de Fibra Optica, RNFO) to conclude in February, despite only 14,000km worth of infrastructure having been integrated by end-2019. The ongoing project seeks to combine the fibre networks currently used by state-backed telco Copaco, utility firm Administracion Nacional de Electricidad (ANDE), the Ministry of Interior (Ministerio del Interior) and the Ministry of Finance (Ministerio de Hacienda).

Asuncion-based firm Celexx – which is understood to be affiliated with Chinese vendor Huawei – was awarded the network unification contract in February 2019; at that date local news site asserted that Copaco itself presided over 180,000km of fibre, ANDE operated 120,000km, the Ministry of Interior 200km and the Ministry of Finance 74km.