Peru will have a total of eight regional fibre-optic backbone networks operational by mid-2017, TeleSemana writes, citing Jose Gallardo Ku, the head of the Ministry of Transport and Communications (Ministerio de Transportes y Comunicaciones, MTC). The networks in Lambayeque – being rolled out by Movistar – Ayacucho, Huancavelica and Apurimac (all being installed by Gilat Networks) are expected to be completed by the end of the year, whilst systems in Cusco (also Gilat), Piura, Tumbes and Cajamarca are set to go live between January and June 2017. The networks will be incorporated into the National Fibre-Optic Backbone (Red Dorsal Nacional de Fibra Optica, RDNFO) – alongside 13 other projects, including initiatives in Ica, Lima, Puno, Junin and Amazonas – enabling the introduction of high speed broadband services in the regions’ capitals. ‘These projects will allow the state, through the [introduction of] high speed internet, have a greater presence in remote areas, and promote development in areas outside the capital,’ the official was quoted as saying.
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