Brazilian telco Oi has reportedly deactivated around 1,300 copper exchanges that were previously used to support its fixed switched telephone services (servicos de telefonia fixa comutada, STFC). As per a report by TeleSintese, the figure was disclosed by Rogerio Takayanagi, Oi’s Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer, during a conference call to discuss the telco’s first quarter results. While fibre migration is the telco’s main objective, the executive noted that wireless-in-the-local-loop (WiLL) technology is being used in areas with high levels of copper theft.
According to the Oi’s delayed 1Q22 earnings release, the telco ended March 2022 with 2.061 million residential copper fixed voice lines and 920,000 copper fixed broadband lines. By contrast, Oi counted 3.257 million fibre-optic broadband subscriptions and 3.227 million VoIP subscriptions at the same date.