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Argentina and Paraguay will interconnect their fiber optic networks

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Argentina and Paraguay signed this Tuesday in Montevideo, within the framework of the Mercosur Summit, a project through which they will interconnect their communications networks by fiber optics, official sources reported.

Source: EFE

The so-called project “strengthening connectivity”which has been negotiating since 2017, was signed by the foreign ministers of Argentina, Santiago Cafiero, and Paraguay, Julio César Arriola, who traveled to Montevideo to participate in the meeting of the bloc made up of their countries, as well as Brazil and Uruguay.

As reported by the Argentine Foreign Ministry, the document signed this Tuesday constitutes the necessary framework for the state companies Compañía Paraguaya de Comunicaciones (COPACO) and ARSAT, from Argentina, to sign a connectivity contract and specify the interconnection of the fiber optic networks of both countries.

Also, ARSAT intends to reach a comprehensive agreement with WECAFC to develop joint business opportunities andn the segment of fiber optics, satellite services, data storage in the cloud, digital television and the transmission of knowledge in terms of digital solutions.

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The interconnection will begin at the node that integrates the cities of Clorinda (Argentina) and Puerto Falcón (Paraguay), a step that would take place within 60 days.

Subsequently, it will continue with the node located in Posadas (Argentina) that would connect with Encarnación (Paraguay), on a date to be defined once progress is made with the necessary complementary works.

As highlighted on Tuesday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Paraguay, this interconnection will improve the quality of connectivity and will reduce the prices of communication services with a view to reducing the digital divide in Paraguay.

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