Oi speeds up FTTH deployment in Brazil

Brazilian telecommunications company Oi expects to reach 1 million FTTH home passed in 19 cities this year, and 6 million by 2020. In order to achieve this goal, the strategy is to reuse the transport network to create the fiber accesses.
According to the company’s executives, when taking advantage of the current infrastructure, the total cost falls between 30% and 50% compared to traditional deployment methods. And the launch time of products is also reduced. Oi’s fiber optic transport network has 350,000 km in 2,000 cities.
To move forward with this strategy, the operator has already started a pilot project in the city of Cabo Frio, in Rio de Janeiro, with speeds of 50, 100 and 200 Mbps. According to Oi, eight weeks after the deployment, the fiber service captured 18.3% of market share, Tele.Síntese reported.
Bernardo Winik, Oi’s commercial director, said the prices will be determined according to each market, depending on the existence of other ISPs or major competitors.