Fiber is Big Business in Latin America

Guitarte_Headshot Gilberto Guitarte March 8, 2016

Latin_America_CablesIn Latin America, broadband Internet is booming. In the past year, average connection speeds have increased 40 percent in Chile, 24 percent in Brazil and 23 percent in Peru. It happens that Peru is where the Fiber To The Home Council’s annual FTTH LATAM Conference will be held this week.

Even more impressive is the increase in peak connection speeds:

  • 61 percent for Chile
  • 41 percent for Brazil
  • 48 percent for Peru

Service providers in Latin America are helping drive fiber growth by migrating networks to new access technologies. Multiple systems operators continue to node-split and also see Radio Frequency over Glass (RFoG) and DOCSIS 3.1 as a path to increase bandwidth in the hybrid fiber coax (HFC) network. Telcos continue to deploy VDSL2 and are starting to look at / fiber-to-the-distribution-point. And of course, FTTH has clearly arrived with numerous large scale deployments across the continent.

“Smart cities” is an important topic to be discussed at FTTH LATAM Conference. It is one that brings together people, information, technology and the environment. I will explore the role of FTTH and fiber networks and its interaction with these four pillars of a smart city in a dedicated panel session – “Smart Cities: The Need for Infrastructure-Based All-Fiber Optical Networks.” This panel discussion will take place Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 10 am PET.

Regardless of whether fiber is deployed right to the home or to a node 200 meters or 1 kilometer from the home, fiber’s unlimited capacity and upgrade path is making the tremendous growth in bandwidth possible. Also during the conference, I will moderate the “CATV Dilemma: HFC or GPON” panel session on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 4:30 pm PET.

CommScope solutions bring fiber deeper into the network and are designed to reduce total cost of ownership while accelerating time-to-market. To learn more, come visit us at booth #22 at the FTTH LATAM Conference in Lima, Peru, March 8-11, 2016.

About the Author


Gilberto Guitarte

An Engineer since 1976, Gilberto Guitarte has spent 34 years with CommScope in several positions including Sales, Product Management, Project Management, and Business Development, in Argentina, Spain, Asia, and the USA where he is based now. He is presently serving as director for Broadband Connectivity in the Americas with focus in FTTH business development for the region.

Gilberto has now 27 years of experience in telecommunications, and is currently supporting carriers in all the Americas analyze optimal ways to turn fiber access networks from homes passed into homes connected using state of the art technology developed by CommScope.

His studies and involvement with international business got him speaking fluent English, Spanish and Portuguese, as well as business French and Italian. Gilberto became an active member of the Fiber To The Home Council in 2008, and is also a Certified Fiber Installer by the Electronics Technicians Association International, and a Master Instructor in the FTTH LATAM Chapter of the FTTH Council AMERICAS, where he served as the first Chairman for the Technology Committee followed by five years as the President of the organization, and presently is the Finance Chairman of the LATAM Chapter. He was awarded the FTTH Council AMERICAS “Photon” distinction in 2009 and 2012 for his dedicated efforts to establish FTTH in LATAM.