Chile boosts new project to deploy fiber optic network in Tarapaca

Chilean Subsecretaria de Telecomunicaciones (Subtel), entity in charge of controlling and supervising the telecommunications market in the country, has officially announced on July 20th the launch of a new tender to deploy the ‘Fibra Optica Tarapaca’ (FOT) project. It is an initiative through which the entity will grant more than CLP 6,200 million (more than USD 800 million), with the aim of deploying a more than 800 kilometers fiber optic network. The project will enter into operation in 2024.

Subtel reported that the initiative will benefit 15 localities in the region, and that the purpose of the project is focused on correcting the connectivity deficit in Tarapaca and shortening the digital divide in the region. Companies interested in applying will be able to do so until Tuesday, October 12th.

‘We hope to announce the award of this tender soon to start deploying this project, which is a great advance in the matter, and will allow at least 15 towns to improve their connectivity, communes in remote areas such as Pisagua or San Marcos, where we know that today it is a problem to be able to make an efficient use of technology’, reported Carlos Navarrete,  Transport and Telecommunications Regional Ministerial Secretary in Tarapaca.

The FOT project joins others already announced to promote connectivity in Chile, such as Fibra Optica Nacional (FON); Fibra Optica Austral and the Proyecto de Ultima Milla. In the case of FON, the initiative considers the deployment of a 10 thousand kilometers fiber optic network. Subtel reports that FON will benefit more than 3 million users in 203 Chilean communes.