Brazil's broadband plan is now present in 692 municipalities

Brazil is making progress with its national broadband plan (Plano Nacional de Banda Larga, or PNBL), reaching 692 municipalities with low-cost wireline broadband services.

Driven by strong gains by Telebras and Telefonica's (NYSE: TEF) Vivo, low-cost PNBL-based services were available in 471 municipalities in 2011.

This movement has continued into this year with an additional 221 new cities coming online in January alone.

In addition to Telefonica, other PNBL participants Telemar Norte Leste (Oi), Algar Telecom and Sercomtel all began offering a 1 Mbps connection for BRL 35 (USD 18.95) per month in 344 municipalities last October, with the aim of reaching 544 cities and towns by the end of 2011.

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