NTT Americas sees Brazil driving stronger LatAm momentum

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

NTT Americas, a subsidiary of Japanese telecommunications giant NTT Group, is bullish on Latin America this year.

Michael Wheeler, the company's executive VP of NTT Communications Global IP Network, is seeing a more favorable business environment in the region, as Brazil, its main Latin American market, seems to be emerging from a two-year long recession.

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"You have to excuse my enthusiasm," Wheeler told BNamericas.

The executive was in Rio de Janeiro at the end of March to participate in a keynote panel at the Capacity Latam 2017 conference.

The event is among the largest for wholesale telecommunications service providers, carriers, vendors, subsea-cable and satellite companies in Latin America, drawing 600 executives from over 150 companies.

After the event, Wheeler flew to São Paulo for meetings with clients, partners and potential customers.

Among the plans for Latin America this year, Wheeler considers taking the recently upgraded suite of Distributed Denial of Service Protection Services (DPS) to local clients. The executive said he saw demand for increased network security in the talks with vendors.

In terms of network use, NTT expects massive increase in traffic through the company's networks, as demand for broadband and data grows as a result of the modernization of infrastructure which, in turn, increases demand and attracts new players to the internet ecosystem.

From 2016 to 2017, NTT saw 70% traffic growth in Brazil, when considering traffic reaching the backbone in the US and traffic that stays in the country, said Wheeler.

The company also sees opportunities arising from the many projects of submarine cabling systems that has South America either as landing or destination points.

NTT Communications provides consultancy, architecture, security and cloud services to carriers, ISPs and enterprises.

Wheeler believes that collaboration between content providers, OTT and carriers can generate a win-win situation for both sides - and that a level-playing field is key, but regulation cannot curb innovation.


The executive also reaffirmed intentions to open new points of presence (PoP) in Latin America, citing Buenos Aires the most likely candidate.

Before landing in Brazil, Wheeler visited Argentina and checked potential PoP sites.

In an interview with BNamericas last year, he mentioned plans to set up a PoP in Buenos Aires.

Since 2011, the company has a PoP in São Paulo, which is the only one in Latin America.