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Argentina’s public telco has boosted the country’s connectivity by tripling the fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) core network available to operators.

arsat fibraIn the last year, Arsat has increased the operational fibre network from 6,500km to over 20,000km, according to the telco.

The expanding fibre network delivers better opportunities for both operators, who can deliver a wider catalogue of IP-based services (such as IPTV) and compete with lower prices, and users, who gain better access to Internet-based platforms and over-the-top (OTT) services.

“In less than a year, the price of the wholesale Mbps has decreased by 50% on average,” said Rodrigo De Loredo, president, Arsat.

Despite efforts, there is still a lot to do in Argentina regarding connectivity. Currently, 207 cities are connected to the fibre network, while the Government’s plan is to connect over 1,300 towns.

In a bid to improve IP-based telecom services, Arsat is also working with private telcos to increase FTTH penetration from the current 2% to 20% over the next three years.

“We continue to work in order to light up the entire network. When we were appointed, we found that only 6,500km out of the 33,000km built was operational,” added Rodrigo de Loredo “Such work is important to deliver a high quality service across Argentina, but especially to those towns which are isolated and which the big telcos don’t provide connectivity.”
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