Access to the cyberspace – where communication, interaction and the exchange of information takes place in the most varied forms – is the key element for individual, collective and corporate development in the 21st century. A recent World Bank study revealed that the increasing number of broadband connections in emerging countries could result in additional GNP growth.
Investing in the massification of broadband means placing your stakes in the most diverse dimensions of development, generating an essential capital that will allow the entire population to participate in the information society. Several sectors of the productive chain have benefited from the intensive use of high-speed connections.
Digital inclusion – the platform of many different public policies – relies first and foremost on an efficient broadband service. This service is the foundation of sectors such as education, trade, entertainment, among other areas highly relevant to the economy, comprising enterprises of all sizes, with the most varied needs and profiles. They will all become increasingly dependent on the efficiency of broadband. The modernization of the electrical sector – strategic for the development of the country –, aligned with the smart grid concept, also depends heavily on the success of this infrastructure.
Service providers have revamped their role in this new value chain, and typical characteristics of the traditional telecommunications market have become things of the past. Based on the new reality of the all-IP, with the natural migration of voice services to IP technology, providers have been creating new business models, removing their focus from connectivity to concentrate on delivering services. The migration to all-IP networks is a promising path towards increased competitiveness.
The process of consolidating the broadband market in Brazil includes relevant aspects, such as regulating the service, reducing connectivity costs in regions isolated from large urban centers, and of course, increasing the speed. This new scenario will never become a reality without the adoption of unprecedented business models. For the cell phone carrier market, this means creating new value-added services to improve the remuneration for the use of Personal Mobile Service.
CPqD has endeavored to raise funding from government and society entities for the development of research lines that will give the country the competitive edge they need in the international scenario.
A pioneer in optical technology expertise during the 70s and 80s, CPqD today is most important source of knowledge in this area for Brazilian manufacturers. In the 90s, they had already begun developing complex mission-critical software systems to support telecommunication companies’ business and operations. CPqD has now added to their expertise the development of wireless technology (LTE and its evolutions), IP networks and software defined networks (SDN). All these technologies are fundamental for making broadband a feasible reality in Brazil.