Fixed broadband connections forecast to near 3mn in 2016

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Fixed broadband connections in Peru are forecast to reach almost 3mn in 2016 compared to 1.35mn in 2011, US consultancy firm Pyramid Research analyst Juliana Gómez told BNamericas.

The country is expected to end this year with a fixed broadband penetration of 4.7%, a figure expected to reach 9.3% by end-2016, the analyst said.

Gómez said the government is playing a key role in expanding fixed broadband to rural or isolated areas of the country.

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"The government is boosting the deployment of fixed broadband infrastructure in these areas through the provision of fiscal incentives for operators," the analyst said. "Claro and Telefónica have some projects for rural and isolates areas under way."

The low penetration of fixed broadband in the country is due to several factors, including the economic concentration in the country's coast, as well as difficult geographic conditions for deploying fiber optic infrastructure in other regions, Gómez added.