Highest city in the world deploys fibre broadband

January 10, 2021

The deployment of an optical broadband network in the Bolivian city of Potosí will open up an array of opportunities that the city, its people and businesses have not had before.

Residents of Potosí, Bolivia, the highest city in the world, are to benefit from fibre broadband connectivity following the roll-out of a GPON broadband network. Potosí is 4,090 metres above sea level, resting at the foot of the Cerro Rico mountain that rises to 4,800 metres.

Slovenia-based Iskratel is implementing the new, optical broadband network in the Bolivian city in collaboration with its Latin-American partner Teleserv Group Bolivia for the Potosí service provider Cotap.


Unified communications solutions

The deployment will see Iskratel’s SI3000 Lumia GPON (gigabit passive optical network) line terminals, along with Innbox G85 and Innbox G74 optical network terminals, deployed at customer premises. The deployment is ‘complemented’, Iskratel reports, by its virtual IMS and unified communications solutions.


“In Potosí, a city with such fascinating history, life has never been easy,” said Juan Francisco Flores, legal representative of Cotap Ltda.


“The deployment of an optical broadband network not only delivers new connectivity to our residents and businesses, but also opens up an array of business opportunities that the city and its people have not had possible before.”


“Bringing fibre connectivity to the people of Potosí, the highest city in the world, fills us with profound pride. We were able to achieve this together with the support and help from our partners and friends at Cotap and Teleserv,” added Svjetlana Kalaba, director of business unit broadband at Iskratel.

She continued: “We truly are taking reliable and ultra-fast connectivity to the summit.”

Potosí was once one of the richest cities in the world, with a population exceeding cities such as London, Seville, Madrid, Rome or Paris. Its economy, driven by silver mined from Cerro Rico, turned the city into the hub of world economy. Today, Potosí is a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Iskratel is a European provider of communications solutions for the digital transformation of the telecommunications, transport, public safety, and energy industries. It has its own R&D and manufacturing centres, employs 900 employees, and has a presence in some 50 countries.

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