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[April 12, 2014]
Brazil inaugurates 1st city totally wired with optical fiber
(EFE Ingles Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) (Corrects Brazil spelling in headline) Aguas de São Pedro, Brazil, Apr 12 (EFE).- The Brazilian city of Aguas de Sao Pedro, in central Sao Paulo state, became the first municipality in the country totally wired with optical fiber as part of a "digital city" project aiming to modernize and digitize public services.
The project, which took a year to complete, was developed by Spanish telecommunications giant Telefonica in collaboration with the city government of the Brazilian town and required an investment of 2 million reais (about $900.000).
The goal of the project is to create a "digital city" with its public services digitized and a top-quality Internet and telephone network.
The chief executive of Telefonica Brazil, Antonio Carlos Valente, said during the inauguration ceremony that Aguas de Sao Pedro will serve as a "trial" laboratory with the intention of "replicating" and "disseminating" the digital-city model in Brazil's larger cities.
The municipality of 3,000 inhabitants was chosen for having the second-highest indicator of human development in all Brazil, the company said. EFE cv/cd (c) 2014 EFE News Services (U.S.) Inc.
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