Peru looks to boost national fibre-optic backbone network

Wednesday 29 November 2017 | 10:48 CET | News

Peruvian telecommunications regulator Osiptel has issued a report and launched a public consultation on the current status of the country's fibre-optic backbone network, which has underperformed since launching last year due in part to duplication of infrastructure. In a statement, the watchdog said measures to boost usage of the Fibre Optic Backbone Network (RDFO) include reducing interconnection prices to USD 15 per MB or transferring ownership to the Peruvian government.

The project involves the installation, operation and maintenance of around 13,500 kilometres of fibre optic cables connecting 22 regional capitals and 180 provincial capitals. The USD 333 million rollout is being supervised by Azteca Comunicaciones and is designed to help to reduce wholesale prices to a tenth of their previous value in many parts of the country.

Interested parties have 20 working days to respond to the public consultation, with the watchdog holding a public hearing at its headquarters to discuss the RDFO’s progress on 19 December.

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