The National Optical Fiber Backbone Network is one of the current administration’s flagship projects, involving the laying of 13,500 kilometers of optical fiber throughout the country, which will make high-speed internet access available to 180 of 195 province capitals.
The government is committed to narrowing the gap in telecommunications infrastructure, considering that this is a tool required for improving the population’s quality of life. To this effect, a series of measures and projects have been formulated and implemented to grant Peruvians the universal right of using top-quality, affordable telecommunications services, with an emphasis on social inclusion. The most important activities are highlighted below.
National Optical Fiber Backbone Network (RDNFO, by its Spanish initials)
A 20-year concession contract for construction, operation and maintenance of the RDNFO was signed on June 17, 2014, through a public-private partnership involving an investment of US$333 million. This high-speed network will transmit information across more than 13,500 kilometers of optical fiber and will allow integrating 92% of the country’s province capitals (180 of 195 province capitals).
This project represents a milestone in the development of Peru’s telecommunications infrastructure, given that, so far, no high-speed communication medium that would allow competing companies to provide their services nationwide is available. Thus, one of the main benefits of implementing this network is that it boosts the development of high-speed internet in places where it does not exist or it is insufficient, thereby reducing the gap in infrastructure and in telecommunications services. Moreover, the rolling out of the network will allow more operators to enter the regions, which will boost competition and enable a reduction in internet access prices.
On December 18, 2014, the rolling out of this network started in the district of Huaytara, in Huancavelica. In April this year, this network will start operations in Huancavelica and will allow the interconnection of seven province capitals in this region. The Backbone Network will be gradually rolled out to the remaining towns and villages, integrating the entire country in the first semester of 2016.