From Branislav Pekic in Rome
Portugal's Zon MultimÃ©dia plans to upgrade its broadband network by the end of this year, in order to reach 2.9 million homes with access speeds of 100 Mbps.
Speaking during the conference "Portugal in Fibre Optic", Zon CEO, Luis Lopes, said that nearly one million homes currently have speeds of 100 Mbps and that they plan to make this service available to 60% of Portuguese households during 2009. He anticipated that in three years time average broadband consumption in Portugal will "more than quadruple", with Zon likely to offer speeds of up to 400 Mbps.
According to Lopes, Zon is prepared for the arrival of the Next Generation Networks (NGN), adding that it will increase eigthfold the network capacity in data terms during this year.