January 18, 2022
An ambitious Brazilian project that aims to bring broadband connectivity to around a million people in two northern states has now been officially launched.
The 770km Infovia 00 fiber optic cable is being installed in Amapa and Para.
The installation will be along the bed of the Amazon River to reduce the environmental impact of the project. This will also improve connectivity for local people living near the river and working fishermen. Metropolitan networks will distribute the fiber optic signal in each municipality to organizations, research institutions, hospitals, health centres and courthouses.
According to TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, this initiative is part of the Ministry of Communications-backed Norte Conectado program, itself a part of the Programa Amazonia Integrada Sustentavel (Sustainable Integrated Amazon Programme) or PAIS. The PAIS programme will involve eight connectivity projects – just short of 12,000 kilometers long, passing through seven rivers, connecting 58 cities in the north of the country and benefit approximately 10 million Brazilians.