Central America eyes optical information highway

DetailsJuan Fernandez Gonzalez | 01 February 2015

A group of Central American countries have agreed to finish building and start operating an optical fibre network across the region.

Co-ordinated by the El Salvador government, the project, Autopista Mesoamericana de la Información, was discussed at the Central American Forum of Telecom Authorities, held this week in El Salvador. Participating countries include Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Dominican Republic and El Salvador.

The information highway is based on the interconnected electrical system, which is already built from Panama to Guatemala.

“In a digital era, our biggest challenge is to develop our countries towards information and communication technologies,” pointed out Carlos Castaneda, vice-minister for economic development in El Salvador.

"The information highway aims to increase connectivity and improve access to the Internet in the region, promoting the use of information technologies among populations and connecting our nations to the world,” added Blanca Coto, head of El Salvador's department of power and telecoms.

“Our people have to participate in the telecom market, but also have to receive the benefits of this market, especially if we think about the most vulnerable segments of our societies.”