NTT America, a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) and a Tier-1 global IP network services provider, today issued its biannual state of the industry assessment of key trends shaping the broadband and IP transit industry.
Michael Wheeler, executive vice president, NTT Communications Global IP Network, NTT America, said preparing Latin America for increased broadband data consumption is a priority, especially as Brazil readies for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Additionally, demand for real-time mobile content and the rise of sophisticated DDoS attacks are other key factors changing the Internet industry.
Focus Increases on Developing Brazil’s Telecom Infrastructure as World Cup and Olympics Approach
As Brazil prepares for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympic Games, the biggest hurdle facing the country is developing its telecommunications infrastructure to improve Internet access and bandwidth capacity, according to Wheeler. Telebrás, Brazil’s state-owned service provider, is investing upwards of $400 million dollars (BRL) in the next few years to steer growth and development. As a result, domestic and international carriers are crucial in supporting the Brazilian government to meet the cellular and Internet data needs. These World Cup and Olympic events will represent the first time video content will originate from Brazil and be streamed out in such large numbers globally.NTT Communications was recently awarded a contract by Telebrás as one of two international carriers that will enable São Paulo residents to connect to international markets through a high quality network. NTT Communications was selected due to its direct access to major markets around the world and Point of Presence (POP) location in São Paulo. “Consumption of mobile video and other forms of over-the-top content will continue to grow exponentially through 2016. While most users don’t realize how demanding these service requirements are on providers, new technologies will be the driving force for developing the next-generation Internet services in both wireless and wireline,” said Wheeler. “Successful service providers will have an established infrastructure of high bandwidth, next-generation equipment and industry expertise to manage dynamic content demands.”