Brazil's Oi extends National Broadband Plan services to more communities

Oi SA on Friday said it had extended the operational footprint of its national broadband plan–known as Plano Nacional de Banda Larga (PNBL)–to an additional 1,772 municipalities.

The service provider, which offers services under the 'Oi Velox' brand, has built the service to another 120 communities. It has set a goal covering all 4,800 local markets in its serving area by late 2014.

In August, Oi added 13 locations including Alagoas, Amazonas, Bahia, Ceara, Maranhao, Minas Gerais, Paraiba, Pernambuco, Piaui, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Norte, Rio Grande do Sul and Tocantins.

As of the end of January this year, the PNBL reached 692 municipalities with low-cost wireline broadband services. Besides Oi, Telebras and Telefonica's (NYSE: TEF) Vivo extended low-cost PNBL-based services 471 municipalities in 2011.

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