ECI and WDC Networks have partnered to enable ISPs throughout Brazil to provide affordable, high-speed broadband to regions and rural communities which have been historically underserved.
Brazil’s expansive size and uneven terrain has led to a dearth of ICT services in rural communities and peripheries. This has presented an opportunity for hundreds of smaller ISPs; according to the country’s national telecommunications agency (Anatel), regional ISPs already provide connectivity to more than 1500 communities - over half of the country’s broadband connections.
The partnership will pair ECI’s next-generation scalable solutions with WDC Networks’ service, understanding and market reach to allow regional ISPs to leverage their extensive fibre infrastructure investments and extend the availability of affordable, high-speed broadband.
“We’ve noticed a significant change in our country’s demand as more communities look to their ISPs for more reliable coverage - something the Tier 1 operators are struggling to provide,” said Vanderlei Rigatieri, CEO of WDC Networks. “In those cases, we’ve developed an innovative Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution. By working with ECI, we are able to offer more flexible payment plans: up to 60 monthly, incremental payments, to smaller ISPs operating on limited resources, which allows them to grow while helping our country to thrive.”
Fabio Rangel, VP Sales LATAM at ECI, added: “By leveraging ECI’s open, modular and scalable Apollo optical networking systems, WDC Networks’ customers can easily choose from a variety of services and platforms to meet their changing needs.”