Copel Telecom, a wholly-owned telecommunications subsidiary of Brazilian power utility firm Companhia Paranaense de Energia (Copel), is planning to extend its fibre-optic broadband coverage to the north of Parana state, TMCnet reports. Under the rollout, the carrier is adding no fewer than 22 cities in the state’s interior, along with Curitiba, all of which will offer inhabitants living there residential broadband internet with prices ranging from BRL109.9 (USD48.2) per month for a 20Mbps connection, rising to BRL349.9 a month for the premium 100Mbps service. In metropolitan Curitiba, meanwhile, Copel will offer an entry-level 40Mbps plan, priced at BRL139.9 per month.
As reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate last month Copel launched high speed internet services in Tibagi, in Campos Gerais, offering business and residential users maximum speeds of 100Mbps via fibre. The launch followed the successful deployment of 25km of fibre-optic networking in urban Tibagi, and made the city the ninth to receive the regional operator’s ultra-high speed service. The other eight cities covered at that time being: Curitiba, Pinhais, Ponta Grossa, Telemaco Borba, Maringa, Irati, Foz do Iguacu and Castro. Copel Telecom claims it currently has approximately 8,000 broadband network customers throughout the state of Parana. It hopes to reach 20,000 users by the end of this year.