Entel to double up Bolivia FTTH network

DetailsJuan Fernandez Gonzalez | 08 April 2015

Bolivia's Empresa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Entel) is to deploy 8,000km of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) during 2015, doubling the network's extension across the country and increasing availability of high speed Internet and IPTV.

According to figures published through national news agency Agencia Boliviana de Información (ABI), Entel had deployed 7,200km to 2014, half of which was since the company was nationalised in 2008. The public telco has planned a huge investment for the coming months, aiming to reach a network of 15,200km.

"In one year we are about to do what it previously took 12 years; we are going to increase the network's coverage by 113%," commented a company spokesperson. "The company's income and revenue are being re-invested in the country and all Bolivians will benefit from it".

At the same time as Entel is deploying a strong fibre network, the telco has been strengthening its direct-to-home (DTH) platform through the Bolivian satellite Tupac Katari, launched in December 2013.

Entel is currently using around 50% of the China-designed satellite's capacity, through which it launched a TV service last June which competes directly with the market's leaders, such as Tigo Millicom.