Colombia's FTTH nears completion
Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
| 10 June 2014
Colombia's Azteca Comunicaciones is close to completing its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) project. By the end of the month, the new Colombian network should be ready, connecting 750 of the country's largest towns and 2,000 public institutions.
According to the Grupo Salinas subsidiary, 80% of the network is already functioning, meaning "nearly three million Colombians from different regions have access to broadband," said Alexandra Reyes, Azteca's president.
When it's finished, the network will cover 19,000km throughout the country's complicated geography. "We had to cross the Chicamocha Canyon, one of the largest in Latin America. We had to do a very unusual operation, lowering the cable down the canyon," explained Reyes.
The national fibre network aims to connect towns and institutions with no easy access to the Internet. In addition to the network deployment supported by the Government, future customers will also be able to subscribe to cable services at subsidised prices.