The expansion of partnerships between Brazil and the member countries of the European Union (EU) in order to promote digital inclusion through broadband Internet was the topic discussed on Monday (9) by Communications Minister André Figueiredo, and vice President of the European Commission for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Asip. The bilateral meeting was a preview of Internet Governance Forum 2015 that happens from 10 to 13 November.
Figueiredo and Asip also discuss topics such as Digital TV, the neutrality of the worldwide web and competition in telecommunications services. “We have mutual interests and those cooperative bonds are still yielding benefits for both. Digital inclusion is a government commitment of President Dilma Rousseff”, reiterated Figueiredo. The minister also said that “it is fundamental to deepen the discussions to achieve multisectoral and multilateral internet in the country”.
In October, Figueiredo accompanied President Dilma on an official trip to Scandinavia. “I’ve been in the last month, to Sweden and to Finland to know about the development 5G. We are integrated with partners and mobilizing funds such as Funtel, to enable this technology in Brazil”, added Figueiredo.
Regarding access to the Internet in Brazil, Figueiredo said the country’s goal is to universalize broadband through the National Broadband Plan (PNBL), of the federal government. “Our goal is to reach 90% of citizens until the end of 2018, with access by 70% of municipalities with optical fiber”, concluded the minister.
Source: Ministry of Communications