Chilean telco Entel is planning to roll out fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) infrastructure, starting in Santiago before spreading throughout the country, Diario Financiero writes citing people with knowledge of the project. The operator intends to offer a combination of broadband, fixed telephony and pay-TV services over the new network. Entel has long-coveted a position in Chile’s fixed broadband market to rival multi-play providers Claro, Movistar and VTR, and, following its failed takeover of Grupo GTD in January 2012, it announced that it would increase its investment in fixed infrastructure. In April 2013 the company’s shareholders approved a USD2.2 billion investment programme for 2013-2015 that would, in addition to bolstering its 3G network, fund the deployment of 4G and fibre-optic networks. A major obstacle delaying Entel’s FTTH rollout is exclusive agreements between network operators and building management companies, a practice which is currently being investigated by competition watchdog the Tribunal de Defensa de la Libre Competencia (TDLC).
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