Telebras inks deal to take PNBL to Manaus

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Brazil's state run telco Telebras has signed a new deal to expand the country's national broadband plan PNBL. The telco will now deploy PNBL infrastructure in Amazonas state capital Manaus, which will be one of the FIFA 2014 World Cup host cities, Telebras said in a statement.

The terms of the agreement, between the state telco and the Manaus free trade zone management company Suframa, were published in the federal gazette Diário Oficial da União.

The agreement will enable privately held operators to offer 1Mb broadband (minimum) plans at rates stipulated by PNBL: 35 reais (US$17.1) a month, or 29.90 reais in states that accept to lift interstate sales tax ICMS.

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The expansion is one of a series of Telebras investments in the country's northern region, seen as strategic by the federal government due to its remote nature, which involve the integration of federal, state and city telecoms infrastructure.

The company recently signed an agreement with Amazonas data processing company Dados Amazonas (Prodam) for fiber optic activation, and with Rede Amazônica de Rádio e Televisão (Amazonas radio and TV network), to implement PNBL in the western Amazonas region and neighboring state Amapá.

Other similar deals involved Pará state data processing company Prodepa, in March last year, the government of Amapá, in June, and the government of Rondônia, in August.

Telebras and mobile carrier TIM also signed a fiber optic infrastructure swap deal focused on the north and northeastern regions.

Under the agreement, announced in October during the Futurecom telecommunications conference in Rio de Janeiro, TIM will provide 2,200km of paired optical fiber to Telebras in Brazil's northern region, stretching from Amapá state capital Macapá to Amazonas state capital Manaus.

Telebras, in turn, will provide TIM with OPGW cable of the same length in other parts of the north and northeast of Brazil.