Algar expands FTTH network

Brazilian telecommunication company Algar is expanding its FTTH network. By the end of 2019, the plan is to cover close to 70% of the homes of the 87 municipalities in its concession area. In some cities, coverage will reach 98% in the urban area.
“The technology allows us to offer plans with speeds of up to 300 Mbps,” explained Algar’s VP for business Márcio Estefan. The company operates in the B2C segment in 136 municipalities in the states of Minas Gerais, São Paulo, Goiás and Mato Grosso do Sul. In B2B, it operates in 13 states and the federal district.
The cities that will reach 90% coverage will be Uberlândia (Minas Gerais), Uberaba (Minas Gerais) and Franca (São Paulo). The cities where it will reach 70% will be Pará de Minas (Minas Gerais), Nova Serrana (Minas Gerais), Ituiutaba (Minas Gerais), Itumbiara (Goiás), Patos de Minas (Minas Gerais) and Batatais (São Paulo).
In addition to Internet access (DSL and fiber) and fixed and mobile telephony, Algar offers DTH pay TV (and has a small cable operation). The company does not rule out implementing IPTV, but Estefan said there is not yet a any definition, according to Teletime.