In response to growing consumer demand for data services, Argentine fixed line incumbent Telecom Argentina has announced plans to invest ARS1.1 billion (USD201.4 million) in the rollout of a fibre-optic network in major cities. The company said in a press release that it will use the funds to install fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC), fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) infrastructure, as well as to introduce new access technologies including VDSL2, to offer its ‘Arnet’ fixed broadband customers maximum download speeds of up to 100Mbps. Telecom Argentina said rollout will begin in the country’s largest cities, including the Buenos Aires metropolitan area, Cordoba and Rosario, potentially reaching around one million customers. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the firm had a total of 1.626 million fixed broadband subscribers at the end of March 2013, placing it second in the market behind Telefonica de Argentina with 1.755 million customers.
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