The Brazilian government launched its 770km ‘Infovia 00’ fibre-optic cable on Friday 14 January, as it seeks to bring broadband connectivity to one million residents of the states of Amapa and Para, ‘including riverside dwellers and artisanal fishermen’. The fibre-optic cables are being installed along riverbeds to reduce the environmental impact. The initiative is part of the Ministry of Communications-backed ‘Norte Conectado’ programme, itself a part of the ‘Programa Amazonia Integrada Sustentavel’ (Sustainable Integrated Amazon Programme).
The deployment of the Infovia 00 network is expected to be completed by 31 January, with metropolitan networks due to be deployed by March 2022. Studies regarding the implementation of ‘Infovia 01’, which will connect Santarem (Para) to Manaus (Amapa), are underway, with that phase of the project expected to take place in the fourth quarter of 2022. A total of eight subfluvial cables will be deployed, spanning 12,000km and traversing the Amazonas, Negro, Solimoes, Madeira, Purus, Jurua and Rio Branco rivers.