Orange Business, the international arm of France Telecom, announced a major initiative in Latin America. They will be increasing capacity across their network by a factor of ten, none of this incremental stuff for Orange I guess. The whole region has been on fire lately when it comes to bandwidth demand, drawing substantial investments from many major carriers and data center operators seeking to get a bigger share of a growing pie.
The upgrades by Orange Business will start in October in Brazil and Chile, to be followed by Argentina, Peru, and Panama, with connectivity to North America on both coasts. The expansion will add the bandwidth needed to power their MPLS and Ethernet products, and especially video services like telepresence.
Orange has been especially active in building out relationships for telepresence services, which it of course hopes to sell to its multinational clients in a big way over the next few years. Success on that front would necessarily require capex to go into infrastructure worldwide.