GVT ups Brazil's FTTH competition with 150 Mbps service

GVT has introduced a 150 Mbps tier for its fiber to the home (FTTH) service offering in Brazil, exceeding its previous 100 Mbps limit and boosting its competitiveness with Telefonica's Vivo.

Although GVT has built a sizeable fiber to the building (FTTB) footprint, the provider said that it uses FTTH when it's delivering 100 Mbps and above to reduce network latency.

Available in areas where it already delivers FTTB services, GVT will offer the service will be offered for BRL 299.90 (USD 152) as part of a triple play service bundle. In addition to the new speed, it lowered the price of its existing 50 Mbps service by BRL 50 (USD 25).

"These moves reinforce our strategy of innovation in ultrafast broadband with increasingly affordable prices for our customers," said Marco Lopes, VP of marketing for GVT.

GVT faces competition from Telefonica's Vivo, which reported last month that its FTTH subscriber base rose from about 1,000 customers in 2011 to 115,000 at the end of last year. Despite a shortage of skilled technicians, Vivo said it will be able to meet its goal of connecting 230,000 FTTH subscribers by the end of the year.

Over its FTTH network, Vivo can deliver speeds from 50-200 Mbps and IPTV to the end customer. Last September, Vivo launched an IPTV service over its FTTH network in São Paulo.

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