Federal Government delivers high-speed internet to populations in the Amazon Region
The internet will arrive through fiber optic cables installed in river beds - Photo: Isac Nóbrega/PR
This Friday (14/01) the launch ceremony of the Infovia 00 cable took place, which will bring high-speed internet to about one million residents of the states of Amapá and Pará, including riverside dwellers and artisanal fishermen. The internet will arrive through fiber optic cables installed in river beds.
The initiative is a milestone in the actions of the Sustainable Integrated Amazon Program, which includes the Norte Conectado program, coordinated by the Ministry of Communications.
“The launch of this submerged cable that will connect the entire Northern Region of Brazil, will bring internet to all of you”, said the President of the Republic, Jair Bolsonaro, who participated in the event. And he added: “This is really fantastic for our North Region, which encompasses seven states of the federation”.
With a length of 770 kilometers, the subfluvial fiber optic cable will connect Macapá (AP) to Santarém (PA), passing through the cities of Alenquer, Almeirim and Monte Alegre. The deployment of the Infovia 00 main network is expected to be completed by January 31.
The connection speed provided by cables is almost a thousand times faster than home broadband. In each municipality, metropolitan networks will distribute the fiber optic signal to organizations, including teaching and research institutions, hospitals, health centers and units of the judiciary. Infovia 00 metro networks are due to be delivered by March 2022.
The option of taking the internet to populations in the Amazon via cabling through the riverbed was taken to reduce environmental impacts. A typical net, buried or by poles, could cause the downing of millions of trees.
The President of the Republic, Jair Bolsonaro, paid a technical visit to the launch platform for the subfluvial fiber optic cables of Infovia 00 and accompanied the start of the launch of the structure on the riverbed. The cables are stored on two spools and weigh almost a ton. Made in Germany, they are coated with steel and protective layers. The structure has an expected lifespan of 25 years.
With all the engineering and technology applied, the Infovia 00 project had an investment of R$ 94 million, most of it from the Ministry of Communications. There were also transfers from the Ministry of Education, the National Council of Justice and amendments from the Senate.
Digital inclusion for the North of the country
As part of the Sustainable Integrated Amazon Program, the construction of eight infovias that will be almost 12 thousand kilometers long, passing through the Amazon, Negro, Solimões, Madeira, Purus, Juruá and Rio Branco rivers is planned.
The fiber optic cables will connect 58 cities in the North region and will benefit approximately 10 million Brazilians who currently live in locations with low or little connectivity infrastructure. The total investment for the construction of the infovias is R$ 1.7 billion, according to the Ministry of Communications. Part of the funds will come from the collection of the 5G auction.
Studies have already begun for the implementation of Infovia 01, which will connect Santarém (PA) to Manaus (AM), passing through five municipalities in the states of Pará and four in Amazonas. The launch is expected to take place in the last quarter of 2022, according to the Ministry of Communications.
Land transfer to Amapá
During the ceremony, the president of the National Institute for Colonization and Agrarian Reform (Incra), Geraldo Melo, announced the transfer of the first hectares of Union land to Amapá. According to Geraldo Melo, for 34 years the law has determined that Union lands be transferred to the state.
At the ceremony, the Água Fria Gleba, with 146,200 hectares and the Santa Maria Gleba, with 13,300 hectares, were transferred, benefiting around 14,000 occupants.
The President of the Republic, Jair Bolsonaro, said that the advance of the transfer of lands from the Union to Amapá will bring development to the region. “They've been waiting for this for 30 years, in three we've done it. With that, the state will have a huge area to manage it well. Certainly, new housing, an area dedicated to agribusiness, also for family agriculture, as well as settlement of people. The state, now yes, becomes robust, it becomes a state with body and soul”, he highlighted.