USTDA Supports Broadband Network Expansion in Brazil

São Luís, Brazil – The U.S. Trade and Development Agency has awarded a grant to the Brazilian telecommunications company Equatorial Telecomunicações facilitate the development of a broadband network backbone in the country’s northeast region. The project is specially designed to enhance connectivity and extend government services for more than three million people in Brazil.

“In today’s connected world – and particularly during the COVID-19 era – reliable internet and reliable access to digital services are more important than ever,” said Todd Abrajano, USTDA Chief Operating Officer and Head of Agency. “USTDA’s support for this project will connect millions more Brazilian citizens and businesses to broadband infrastructure and deepen Equatorial’s understanding and familiarity with innovative ICT solutions from U.S. industry.”

USTDA’s assistance will help expand Equatorial’s existing fiber optic network to strategic areas with growing telecommunications infrastructure needs. The first phase of the project will deploy more than 1,600 miles of fiber optic cable across the states of Maranhão, Pará, Piauí, and Alagoas, and USTDA’s assistance will also help identify potential investment partners and develop a business plan for building and operating the network. 

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The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies.  USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project preparation and partnership building activities that develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in partner countries.

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