Nicaragua Plans 3,600km Fiber Optic Network

Nicaragua Plans 3,600km Fiber Optic Network

Nicaraguan Authorities have completed the planning deploy 3,600 kilometers long fiber optic network. South Korea and Inter-American Development Bank will fund the project. The project is scheduled for completion within the next two years. The project cost is estimated at 100 million US dollars. The telecommunication planning department in the largest country in the Central American Isthmus has been planning for this project for more than a year.

The telecommunication Institute in Nicaragua, Telcor ((Instituto Nicaragüense de Telecomunicaciones y Correos) recently updated the media about the process of network deployment. Telcor’s general manager, Orlando Castillo, explained that the deployment of fiber optic cables will take all of 2017 to complete, and it is expected to be finished and ready to start operating in early 2018. Around 3,600 kilometers of fiber optic cable to deliver broadband internet throughout Nicaragua will be installed in the country in the next two years, the Nicaraguan Telecommunications Institute (Telcor) reported.

Nicaragua launched an ambitious broadband project on June 9, 2014, with the inauguration of the Center for Advanced Studies in Broadband (Ceabad), which trains specialists in Central America and the Caribbean in topics related to information and communication technology .Nicaragua is had invested $15 million in 2010, funded by Central America’s Electrical Interconnection system (SIEPAC) project, to extend its fiber optic cable network using the country’s existing power grid as a base.

The national electricity transmission company, Enatrel will carry out the project. Enatrel indicates that the completion of this phase will increase the capacity or bandwidth since the cable originally installed (SDH STM4 – 622 Mbps) has proved to be insufficient for the needs of the country’s internet service providers.

In 2014, Nicaragua’s telecoms regulator Telcor had plans to launch tenders for a 3,850 km extension to the country’s fiber optic network. The new capacity, due to enter service in late 2017, comes in addition to 1,400 km of existing fiber connections. Initial financing for the project of USD 50 million will be provided by the Inter-American Development Bank and South Korea. Media had reported this news in 2014. The project planning has been delayed for a while and now it is ready for launch.

The government of Nicaragua and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have approved operative broadband regulations, which will enhance quality and internet access in the Central American country. The aim is to bridge the digital divide as well as the social divide, with improvements in productivity and competitiveness in different sectors. The IDB and the South Korean government have disbursed USD 50 million for the broadband project in Nicaragua, out of a total of USD 100 million contemplated.

Later in February this year, Nicaragua’s telecommunications sector regulator Telcor has announced a plan to roll out 3,600 km of fiber optic cable with a view to bringing the technology to communities right across the country. The USD 100 million project is partly funded by the South Korean government and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), who will disburse USD 50 million for the broadband project, with the fiber optic cables to be installed by the National Electricity Transmission Company (Enatrel). “The plan will not only connect the central part, but also the northeastern, southern Caribbean, central and Pacific

Nicaragua is connected with the ‘Americas Region Caribbean Ring System (ARCOS-1) fiber-optic submarine cable that provides connectivity to South and Central America, parts of the Caribbean, and the United States.

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