By Telecompaper

A total of 14 companies, including 5 international operators, have expressed an interest in taking part in the forthcoming 'Fibra Optica Austral' tenders to roll out 3,000 km of fibre-optic infrastructure in the southern Patagonia region, reports local daily La Tercera. The international companies include Huawei, Ericsson, Alcatel Submarine Networks, General Cable and Silica, all of which have been involved in meetings held with telecommunications regulator Subtel over the past few weeks, said the report.

Topics covered include the changed technical, financial and legal conditions of the USD 100 million tender, which was postponed last year when just one company – Conexiones y Telefonía Austral – bid for one of the four sections of the proposed network. The aim is now to relaunch the tender in April and award the corresponding concessions by July.

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