Chilean ISP Mundo Pacifico is aiming to secure second place in the nation’s fibre broadband market with the use of a new fibre technology, with Mundo set to be the second company in the world to utilise the system, local news outlet Pisapapeles reports. Mundo began deploying the HyperNET solution – a software-defined IP network based on Cassini, a disaggregated coherent switch and open packet transponder – in July this year as part of its efforts to boost capacity and performance due to rising demand on networks as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. Commenting at the time, Network Engineering Manager Marco Alcayaga explained: ‘Predicting that Coronavirus was going to require confinement of people in their homes, it was evident that we would face an unprecedented increase in traffic. We decided to expand our capacity with Cassini, rather than the traditional Transport, MPLS and IP stack, because it is much simpler to deploy and operate, and requires reduced infrastructure in our sites’. According to the ISP, the solution was developed in Taiwan and to date has only seen commercial deployment in Japan; Mundo’s network is currently in the testing phase and is expected to launch in 2021. Regarding the company’s new goal, the operator expects the increases in capacity and efficiency from the new technology to result in lower transport costs, with Mr Alcayaga quoted as saying: ‘With this technology we hope to become the second operator for fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and to make our network available so that other companies and operators can use it’. According to the most recent official data from sector watchdog the Department of Telecommunications (Subsecretaria de Telecomunicaciones, Subtel), Mundo was placed third in the fibre segment, serving 205,463 of the nation’s 1.045 million FTTx subscribers, behind Movistar (530,640) and Grupo GTD (246,756).