Thursday, July 7, 2011

Fiber Optic Project in the Andes - Peru

Fiber Optic project in the Andes will culminate in the first half of 2012 - Peru

In the first half of next year, Telefonica del Peru (TdP) will culminate the installation of the optical fiber for the Fiber Optic Project “Andes”, through which will be connected to eight departments in the sierra and jungle of Peru, said today the executive chief of Telefonica del Peru, Javier Manzanares. "We have come to Cusco which marks the first milestone of the project, which has required an investment of 300 million new soles for lying of 400 kilometers", he said.

The project uses a network of 1,800 kilometers of optical fiber and is developed by the Colombian firm Internexa, part of the ISA. This initiative is part of TdP investment program for the period 2010 - 2013, amounting to US$ 1.500 billion.

"It's a major project and will benefit more than 2.4 million inhabitants of the highlands and jungle of Peru, giving them access to an Internet service with the same characteristics as in Lima", he explained.

He said that before the arrival of the optical fiber to Cusco, the voice, data and Internet services were very limited in speed because there was greater carrying capacity. "We're talking speeds ranging from 200 to 400 kilobits (Kb) per second and can now get up to four megabytes of speed", he said.

Manzanares announced that the next cities to connect the remainder of the year are Huancavelica, Abancay (Apurimac), Andahuaylas (Apurimac), Ayacucho, Carhuamayo (Junín), Huánuco and Tingo María (Huánuco) and Pucallpa (Ucayali). "For the first part of 2012 is expected to arrive with the service in Tocache Juanjuí, Bellavista and Tarapoto in San Martin and Amazonas Yurimaguas", he said.

He recalled that a World Bank study on the impact of broadband in the development of medium income countries such as Peru, found that for every ten points of penetration of broadband Internet, economy grows by about 1.38 percentage points extra.

(Source: Andina NewsPaper)

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