PORTLAND, Ore.—The next big growth market in connected electronics is South America, according to Japan's NTT Communications Corp. (NTT Com,) which announced Monday (Sept. 12) that it expanded the reach of its tier one global IP network there with a new point of presence (PoP) location in São Paulo, Brazil's most populous city.
Broadband "is still growing in the U.S., Europe and Asia, but from a traffic perspective, the next big opportunities for the next three to five years will be in Latin America," said Michael Wheeler, vice president of NTT America’s Global IP Network business unit.
NTT America and NTT do Brasil Telecomunicações Ltda., NTT's Brazilian subsidiary, will jointly manage the expansion of NTT Com into South American, which to date has only been serviced by smaller private network connections. With the establishment of a tier-one PoP in Brazil, South American companies will be able to directly access NTT assets in the rest of the world. NTT Com also aims to expand its beachhead there to the rest of the continent in the coming decade.
"Brazil is the epicenter of emerging telecommunications opportunities in South American, but there are many other growth opportunities throughout the region," said Wheeler. "We put Argentina and Chile on the top of our list of emerging markets there, but we also have customers in Columbia, Peru and Ecuador where we hope to take advantage of our familiarity with their requirements and what their top tier players are looking for in broadband growth."
The new NTT tier-one PoP will connect the major markets in the U.S., Europe and Asia to the Internet service providers , content delivery networks and independent enterprises in South America. NTT's worldwide infrastructure includes tier-one IP backbone connections in 150 countries worldwide.