Rio Grande Do Sul Network Modernization and Business Model

Broadband Network Development in the State of Bahia, Brazil, Data Centers and e-Government
November 26, 2019
Advanced Delivery Modeling
April 4, 2019

Rio Grande Do Sul Network Modernization and Business Model

decision analysis partners won and delivered comprehensive technical assistance to the Governmentof the Brazilian State of Rio Grande do Sul, funded by a grant from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.

The project’s objective was to develop a roadmap to expand, enhance and modernize the state of Rio Grande do Sul’s broadband network and develop a new business model for its operation.

The state had an existing broadband network that connected most state government buildings to the TRC datacenter in Porto Alegre. While the Porto Alegre metropolitan network was a state-of-the-art fibre-based network with gigabit bandwidth, remote area connections were mostly low-speed (e.g., 512 kbps or 1 Mbps) copper-based connections provided by Oi, the legacy provider. These connections could not support browser-based applications. The costs being incurred by the state for these connections were excessive.

DAP conducted assessments existing TRC and the state’s major Secretariats and departments’ network services and developed future requirements. We worked with major service providers to determine available network facilities around the state and obtained competitive price information. A roadmap recommending significant backbone and last mile bandwidth upgrades, expansion into new areas and redundancy was developed along with a supporting cost model. We designed and analysed business alternatives and provided preliminary environmental and developmental impact assessments.