Pronatel invested PEN705m in projects in 2021

13 Jan 2022

Peru’s National Telecommunications Programme (Programa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones, Pronatel) has invested PEN704.7 million (USD179 million) in connectivity projects in 2021. In a statement from the government agency, Pronatel noted that investment in 2021 was more than double the annual average of PEN345.7 million for the period from 2017-2020, aided by the addition of an extra PEN346.0 million to its budget in June 2021. According to the agency, the bulk of the spending focused on broadband infrastructure development programmes in 15 regions. In December, the main developments concerned projects in the following regions: Tacna (PEN4.8 million), Puno (PEN23.9 million), Amazonas (PEN8.4 million), Moquegua (PEN5.5 million), Arequipa (PEN18.7 million), San Martin (PEN11.4 million), Pasco (PEN7.0 million), Libertad (PEN14.4 million) and Huanuco (PEN5.7 million). Meanwhile, Pronatel’s ‘All Connected’ project – through which it aims to extend internet access to unconnected rural areas – had completed the establishment of 79 Digital Access Centres (Centro de Acceso Digital, CADs) and 223 Public Digital Access Spaces (Espacios Publicos de Acceso Digital, EPADs). CADs are facilities that provide internet access and training in digital skills, whilst EPADs are areas covered by free public Wi-Fi networks, providing downlink speeds of between 20Mbps and 40Mbps.