Chile launches tender for terrestrial section of southern fibre project

Wednesday 7 March 2018 | 10:34 CET | News

Chile's telecommunications regulator Subtel announced the launch of the tender for two terrestrial sections of the USD 100 million 'Fibra Optica Austral' project to roll out nearly 4,000 km of fibre-optic infrastructure in the Patagonia region. The tenders for the remaining terrestrial branches in Los Lagos and Aysen will be awarded in July, with the execution time extended to between 22 and 24 months, said Subtel.

At the end of last year, local telecommunications operator Communication and Rural Telephony (CTR), in association with Huawei Marine, was awarded the tender for the submarine section and one of three land-based sections of the project. The consortium will be extending a 3,000km submarine cable from Puerto Montt to Puerto Williams with landings at Caleta Tortel and Punta Arenas plus a land-based stretch from Puerto Natales to Porvenir in Magallanes.

Chile’s new transport and telecommunications minister Paola Tapia Salas recently said the aim of the public-private partnership project is to boost telecommunications for the 300,000 Chileans who live in the underserved Patagonia region, bringing much-needed economic, tourism and trade benefits.

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