Brazil's Telebras nearly complete with DWDM build supporting World Cup

Telebras, Brazil's state-owned telco, is in the process of completing the construction of DWDM optical rings that will connect the 12 arenas that will serve as the host for the 2014 World Cup event.

The telco has already installed network transmission equipment near each stadium and is now awaiting the completion of infrastructure in the vicinity of arenas for passage to the specific room where the equipment for data transmission will be installed.

The rings also will be used for high definition transmission of the World Cup matches between the arenas and International Broadcast Coordination Centre (IBC) in Rio de Janeiro. Each of the participating stadiums will be connected to the IBC with 30 Gbps to ensure high video quality.

While the World Cup is certainly a key near-term driver for this fiber build, these facilities will be incorporated into part of its own metro networks and be used for its National Broadband Plan (PNBL) initiative.

As of February, the service provider invested more than $33 million to build a nationwide 25,000 km fiber backbone.

Brazil may be its main focus, but the telco has been partnering with other providers to extend its presence into other countries. It has struck an agreement with Silica Networks to build a fiber network connecting Brazil, Chile and Argentina. In addition, it signed an interconnection agreement with Antel for a fiber network in Santana do Livramento, a city near the Uruguayan border, last June.

For more:
- see this World Cup release
- and this release

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