Alcatel-Lucent (Paris, France) has signed a contract with Azteca Comunicaciones Colombia (Bogota, Colombia) to build a broadband network in the Latin American country.
The operator aims to connect 753 municipalities and bring high-quality TV, video, voice and high-speed data services to millions of consumers and business users.
As a major supplier on the project, Alcatel-Lucent will deploy broadband infrastructure in some 216 of those municipalities.
The rollout will form part of a government-backed scheme to connect 1,078 of Colombia’s 1,119 municipalities and raise broadband coverage from 27.2% to 95.5% by 2014.
According to Telegeography, a market-research company, Colombia’s Ministry of Information Technology and Communication has allocated 415.8 billion pesos ($231 million) in public-sector funding for the project, which is due for completion in mid-2014.
“The government of Colombia has set very aggressive targets for increasing the availability of broadband services throughout the country,” said Alexandra Reyes, the chief executive of Azteca Comunicaciones Colombia. “We turned to Alcatel-Lucent because of its experience with the deployment of large-scale, complex broadband networks. Our collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent – one of the broadband market leaders – will help us to ensure that this project is completed quickly and with exceptional quality.”