ZTE Corporation, a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment, network solutions and mobile devices, is helping Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Bogotá S.A. (ETB) to launch the first phase of a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband network in Bogotá, Columbia…
ZTE Corporation, a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment, network solutions and mobile devices, is helping Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Bogotá S.A. (ETB) to launch the first phase of a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband network in Bogotá, Columbia, giving households and businesses in the capital city up to a 100-fold increase in connection speeds.
The first phase of the commercial rollout in December covered corporate customers in Bogotá, ensuring ETB fulfilled its target to launch the network by the end of 2013. The FTTH network, which uses ZTE’s industry-leading gigabit passive optical network (GPON) technology, will connect more than 600,000 customers and cover 85 percent of households in the capital city when construction is completed in three years.
“With this technological advancement, we can offer new services and provide N-Play, supporting data, voice, video and cloud applications at fantastic speeds,” said Saúl Kattan Cohen, President of ETB. “ETB always puts the interests of our customers first, and having ZTE as our reliable supplier has helped us deliver on our commitments to users.”
The new FTTH network will provide increased network speeds of between 10 and 100 times faster for households and businesses in Bogotá.. Previously 2 Mbps connections were considered broadband in Colombia and according to the most recent report issued by the Commission of Regulation of Telecommunications (CRT), the majority of Colombian broadband users connect at speeds of between 2Mbps and 4 Mbps,
ETB is the leading communication service provider in the city of Bogotá, and selected ZTE’s xPON solutions after an extensive evaluation based on technology, commercial and experience criteria.
“ZTE is proud to be the strategic supplier to ETB in giving users in Bogotá access to the most advanced technology,” said Xiang Dongsheng, President of ZTE Colombia. “The new network is a milestone in technology innovation in Colombia, and will bring great benefits to the market by stimulating competition, delivering improved services to users, and driving improvements in business productivity and education in the capital city.”
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