Investment expands Tierra del Fuego network

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Argentina's incumbent, Arsat is expanding its Federal Fibre Optic Network (Refefo) to reach underserved parts of the Tierra del Fuego province. 

This follows the signing of an agreement between the chief of the cabinet of ministers of the nation, Santiago Cafiero; the governor of Tierra del Fuego, Gustavo Melella and Arset board member, Facundo Leal allowing for the Provincial Network to be used within the framework of the National Connectivity Plan, ‘Connect.’

The plan was announced by the Ministry of Public Innovation in 2020 and aims to implement federal public policies to reduce the digital divide in the shortest time possible, through the effective use of existing physical telecommunications infrastructures, both provincial and national.

Progress is now being made with Tierra del Fuego, which includes its entire existing 357km, dark fibre Provincial Network, plus any other future network that will be deployed, allowing Arsat responsibility for its lighting, operation, marketing and maintenance. The network will be connected to the rest of the country through Refeo managed by Arsat , expanding its reach from the Estancia Cullen area of Tierra del Fuego to the towns of San Sebastián, Río Grande, Tolhuin and the provincial capital. The project is being financed by federal agency, Enacom.

The project aims to benefit Tierra del Fuego’s 176,000 inhabitants from the lighting of the dark fibre since it crosses its three main cities, and other populations -such as Puerto Almanza, Lago Escondido and other regions - that at the moment do not have service.

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