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.
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)