Telefónica to accelerate FTTH deployment in Latin America

In a meeting with investors and analysts in London this week, Telefónica confirmed its intention to accelerate the deployment of FTTH in several Latin American markets.
The company’s Global Network Manager Enrique Blanco said that Telefónica will accelerate the deployment of FTTH in Latin American countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Colombia, replicating the Spanish model.
The executive pointed out that the industrialization of fiber in Spain allows a more efficient deployment in Latin America, with lower costs. During the event, Blanco said that the company reached 46 million homes covered by the company’s high-speed broadband networks in the countries where it operates, representing a growth of 13% from previous year.
By the end of 2017, the company had already mentioned its plan to move forward with FTTH in order to expand IPTV and OTT services. In October last year, the company’s COO, Ángel Vilá, said in a conference with analysts that Telefónica’s strategy is focused on IPTV and OTT through Movistar Play, rather than progressing on DTH.
In this context, Brazil is one of the markets where Telefónica has focused the most. In March 2018, the company announced investments of R$ 24 billion (USD 6.4 billion) in the country, in the 2018-2020 period, to expand its mobile and fixed network. Telefónica said it plans to invest a separate R$ 2.5 billion (USD 668 million) on accelerating the expansion of its fiber optic network.