The Chilean Telecommunications Subsecretary (Subtel), through the Telecommunications Development Council (CDT), awarded the Chilean mobile operator WOM five of the six macro zones of the ‘Fibra Optica Nacional’ project, which includes the deployment of a 10 thousand kilometers FTTH network in the country. It is expected to be ready in 2022, and an investment of over CH $ 86 billion (USD 101.2 million) was made for the initiative.
According to Subtel, the FTTH network will benefit 186 Chilean communes, from the Arica and Parinacota Region the Los Lagos. According to what Subtel has officially reported, WOM has been awarded the macro areas of Arica and Parinacota (Arica and Parinacota regions); North (Antofagasta and Atacama regions); North Center (Coquimbo, Valparaiso and Metropolitan regions); Centro (O’Higgins and Maule regions) and Centro Sur (Ñuble and Biobío regions) to deploy the FTTH network. For the southern macrozone (which includes La Araucania, Los Rios and Los Lagos regions), Subtel will make a new call for tenders during the year.
Last January, WOM, Mundo Pacífico and GTD presented their initiatives for the project. WOM finally got all the macrozones it applied for, beating Mundo Pacifico, who had also competed for the southern, central, and Centro Sur macro zones, and GTD, that was interested in the Northern one.
‘The award of the largest subsidy in the telecommunications history in Chile, which belongs to the ´Fibra Optica Nacional´ project, is an unprecedented event, since it will allow us to pay off the debt we have with Chilean citizens in digital matters, helping to improve the quality of life of more than 2.5 million inhabitants in 186 communes that today have little or no connectivity’, said Pamela Gidi, Telecommunications Subsecretary in Chile. ‘As a regulator, we know how important connectivity is in today’s world, especially in these times such as those we are experiencing due to the Coronavirus pandemic, where people have to stay at home and doing many activities remotely. Therefore, from Subtel we promote this and other initiatives such as the ‘Fibra Optica Austral’ plan, since we want all Chileans to receive the benefits of telecommunications’, she added.