Movistar Chile announced that it will connect the city of Porvenir to its Austral Fiber Optic (FOA) network, which will make it the southernmost city in the world with high-speed Internet connection. According to the company, technical works in the area will begin in 2022, as well as the launch of the service.
On the other hand, the operator also explained that the arrival of the FTTH will not have any impact on the rate for Porvenir’s customers. In addition, it explained that the extension of the network will increase the number of connected homes and will eventually allow the arrival of 5G to the region, a technology that according to the company will help to the evolution of different activities, such as tourism and telemedicine.
Fernando Sanz, Director of Public Affairs of Movistar Chile, revealed that the installation of the FOA network in the city is a response to a request from its own population. “We are aware of the demand that has existed for some time from the inhabitants of Porvenir, and in particular from Movistar clients in the city, who wanted to access fiber optics to improve their experience with the digital world“, he said.
Meanwhile, Francisco Moreno, Undersecretary of Telecommunications (Subtel) of Chile, expressed about the agreement with Movistar: “As Subtel we reaffirm that the public-private alliance is the best way to advance in the digital inclusion of all Chileans, regardless of how isolated is the territory in which they live”.