Brazil’s Oi leverages fibre

for FTTH, mobile and 5G


According to Cisco's Visual Networking Index, 88% of Brazilians will be connected by 2022. By then, average speeds as well as traffic volumes are expected to have doubled. Launched in 2010, Brazil’s Programa Nacional de Banda Larga (PNBL) aims to overcome issues regarding internet availability, especially related to pricing and lack of availability in rural areas.

Eurico Teles


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The federal government is targeting introduction of affordable broadband internet plans, expanding state-owned backbone infrastructure and introducing investment incentives for providers. Brazil is one of Latin America’s largest markets for broadband.


When it comes to subscribers as well as revenues, Oi is the largest telecommunications firm in Brazil and South America. The company is currently making the most of its investments in fibre for FTTH and well as mobile services. In December 2018, Oi entered into a technology partnership with Nokia in order to meet the growing need for residential fibre connectivity and more mobile coverage, and prepare for 5G. The provider plans to expand fibre to as many as 10 million homes by 2021, replacing DSL and copper-based services.


Oi is relying on Nokia for optical transport and IP access network expansion, bringing up to 10 terabits per second capacity throughput. This is achieved through dense wave division multiplexing optical transport and IP routing technology. "We expect that this long-term technology partnership agreement will allow us to consolidate our suppliers and benefit from greater operational efficiencies as we continue our restructuring process”, explained Oi CEO Eurico Teles.


Lower broadband subscription prices and a marked increase in smartphone usage have resulted in greater demand for data services. Furthermore, mobile demand is increasing. Oi plans to provide mobile capacity through Nokia’s AirScale radio access network (RAN) and additional backhaul fibre, supporting 4G and 5G, and phasing out 2G and 3G. Nokia AVA cognitive services platform is being used for customer service and cost reduction, through AI and analytics.

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