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Brazil advances on deployment of second stretch of Amazon fiber backbone

Bnamericas Published: Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Brazil advances on deployment of second stretch of Amazon fiber backbone

Brazil is advancing the rollout of the second stretch of Norte Conectado, a landmark Amazon River fiber backbone project, with the anchoring of the cable in the city of Juruti, Pará state. 

Dubbed Infovia 01, this 1,100km stretch will connect Santarém (Pará) and Manaus (Amazonas), with branches to Óbidos (Pará), Juruti (Pará), Parintins (Amazonas), Urucurituba (Amazonas) and Itacoatiara (Amazonas), as well as to Oriximiná (Pará), Terra Santa (Pará) and Autazes (Amazonas).

The vessel passing the sub-fluvial fiber traversed 77km and 15h into the Amazon River until reaching Juruti, where the anchoring of the cable was deemed a success by the communications ministry.

Next stop will be Parintins, Amazonas state.

Deployment is expected to finish in March, with the 165mn-real (US$31.3mn) investment being covered by EAD (Seja Digital). EAD comprises telcos and broadcasters that are overseeing the use of resources related to TV digitization as part of the 2014 700MHz spectrum auction obligations.

As reported by BNamericas, Chinese fiber optics manufacturer Hengtong was hired as the cable supplier for the second stretch. 

Infovia 01 adds to the 770km stretch one, Infovia 00, which was completed in February, and connects Macapá (Amapá state) and Alenquer (Pará), and began operating in July. Italy’s Prysmian was the cable provider.

In August, six companies signed up to form the consortium to use and operate Infovia 00: Aquamar, BRDigital, ClickIP/ICOM Telecom, SEA Telecom, Fortel/Wirelink and Telefónica.

This month, Brazilian research and educational network RNP, which is responsible for the first stretch of Norte Conectado, launched a call to select six more companies to join the consortium of operators for Infovia 00. The call ended on November 27.

The qualification process for operators and providers interested in sharing the infrastructure of Infovia 01 was launched in September and remains open.

According to the government, a minimum of three and a maximum of 12 companies will be selected for this new consortium.

Further details can be found here.

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