Claro Puerto Rico has launched fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) consumer broadband services, upping its maximum download speeds to 50Mbps from its previous 16Mbps, and claiming a first on the island. The telco’s direct fibre connections are initially available in several areas of San Juan, Guaynabo, Caguas, Fajardo, Humacao and Mayaguez. Additionally, Claro has rolled out fibre-to-the-curb (FTTC) technology over a wider footprint to boost the internet speeds of its last mile ADSL2+ connections in ‘hundreds of areas around the island’, and it published new tariffs including 30Mbps packages alongside its fibre launch announcement. The fixed line, broadband and mobile operator also revealed that it has invested USD150 million in 2011/12 in the rollout of FTTH/FTTC infrastructure, and says it is continuing a rapid expansion of fibre in population-dense urban areas, including FTTH in new-build areas.
Claro, part of the America Movil group, simultaneously lowered monthly prices for its existing broadband packages with 8Mbps-plus download speeds, while raising the cost of mid-speed (including 4Mbps) packages, and also upgraded the inclusive domestic fixed line voice call allowance in certain bundles, from 300 minutes to ‘unlimited’.