Altice Portugal once again reinforces its strategic commitment to Portugal by becoming the technological partner of the Schist villages (Aldeias do Xisto). This union aims to place Portugal at the forefront of Europe and expand fiber optic and mobile network coverage in the 27 villages covered.
Altice Portugal technology throughout the country. Altice Portugal adds another project to its portfolio of mobile network expansion and fiber optic infrastructure in Portugal. With the same commitment to making Portugal a more equal and inclusive country, in terms of next generation networks, Altice has just taken on its latest technological partnership with Aldeias do Xisto.
After major mobile network expansion projects in the Peneda Gerês park, fiber optic infrastructure in the Serra da Estrela Massif Central and the technological partnership with the Historical Villages of Portugal, Altice Portugal is now going to improve the quality of life of populations and visitors, as well as leverage the creation of local and regional economic value, of the 27 villages covered, belonging to 16 municipalities in the country.
Technological partnership with the Schist Villages. In an unprecedented investment, which is now beginning, infrastructures will be created that will allow the connection of these villages to the information highways, in a true project of public interest.
While reducing territorial inequalities, this project translates into the consolidation of the largest fiber optic network, actively contributing to the competitiveness of the region and the country and to the development of the local and national economy. It is expected that about half of the villages will be covered by the end of 2021 and to reach full coverage by the end of 2023.
Unprecedented pilot project on 5G technology. The same Schist Villages will also be the target of an unprecedented pilot project within the scope of 5G technology. With a view to anticipating the needs of the region, meetings have already been held between Altice Portugal and the Executive President of Aldeias do Xisto, Paulo Fernandes, to establish the commitment and protocol for investment in new generation networks, to be signed in July by the municipalities covered within the project.
This new investment by Altice Portugal is further proof of the priority and commitment that Altice Portugal gives to the interior and sparsely populated areas, embodied in its strategic pillars.