Costa Rican co-op’s IPTV to launch next week as region’s FTTH deployments accelerate

By Jim O'Neill on Jul 15 2015 at 8:30 AM
Costa Rican co-op’s IPTV to launch next week as region’s FTTH deployments accelerate

Costa Rican cooperative Coopeguanacaste (Cooperative Rural Electrification of Guanacaste) says it will roll out IPTV and Internet services by July 24, using its new fiber optic infrastructure for the fiber to the home service.

The launch is the first step in a broad deployment it expects to finish by 2022, with about 8,000 homes reached by the end of next year.

According to published reports, Coopeguanacaste will offer a doubleplay of Internet service and a choice of two pay-TV plans. For about $30/mo. users can have Internet and 117 channels in standard definition; for about $47/mo. users get Internet, the 117 SD channels and 32 HD channels.

Coopeguanacaste is planning to spend $21.3 million on the fiber project to support the deployment, about 80% financed by the Banco de Costa Rica.

Local news site El Financiero reports Coopeguanacaste will initially light up the fiber in the central districts of Nicoya, Santa Cruz and Carrillo, all of which are in the Guanacaste province, a popular tourist zone in Costa Rica.

The fiber project is one of several that will launch soon in the country.

Internet service provider Netsys is rolling out FTTH in a 16-block area of Costa Rican capital San Jose. Netsys says its roadmap includes deployments in Curridabat, San Pedro, Los Yoses and Escazu.

Netsys’s “Fiber City” eventually will include IPTV and VoIP. Within a year, all of San Jose is expected to have FTTH.

Mobile remains key in Latin America

While fixed broadband networks are expanding slowly throughout Latin America, more work is being done on mobile networks, which are expected to see massive expansion in the next five years as more Millennials turn to mobile broadband as their go-to resource.

There are currently 730 million mobile subscriptions in the region, according to Ericsson’s latest Mobility report, and it’s expected that 316 million users will access the Internet on mobile devices in the region by 2018. One regional industry association estimating that Latin America will have the second largest smartphone installed base – behind Asia Pacific – by 2020. Ericsson estimates the region will add 330 million smartphones between 2015 and 2020.

Stay tuned.

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