Amino has announced a contract win with Entel Bolivia for the deployment of AminoVU Set-Top Boxes (“STBs”) running AminoOS software across Entel’s fibre-based network. The deployment is described as “major”, but the release contains no further detail as to the contract size and potential value. We therefore leave forecasts unchanged following this positive news, but note that Entel is the largest communications provider in Bolivia, with a fibre network covering almost 100% of the country.
Amino has announced that Entel Bolivia has commenced a “major” deployment of AminoVU STBs running AminoOS software to deliver IPTV services across its fibre-optic network.
Entel is the largest telecommunications operator in Bolivia, connecting almost half the 11.3m population1,2 . State owned, the group offers fixed-line and mobile telephony, broadband and satellite TV services. Entel is also an existing Amino customer. The current IPTV deployment is the first over fibre in Bolivia and will deliver a broad range of entertainment, news and sports content.
The Bolivian government has identified investment in broadband as a key driver of increased digital inclusion and economic growth. As part of the state’s National Telecommunication Programme for Social Inclusion (PRONTIS), Entel has deployed a nation-wide fibre backbone (which the ITU describes as “Excellent”1 ) and is also building out FTTx (Fibre in the local access network) infrastructure across Bolivia, with coverage approaching 100% of the country.
In our view PRONTIS is a strategically important project for the State of Bolivia. Amino’s involvement in the programme represents a significant vote of confidence in the group’s products and platform – particularly its software offering. Furthermore, following on from recent contract wins (Waverly, Delta/Caiway), today’s announcement demonstrates both the operational momentum in the Amino business, and the group’s ability to leverage existing client relationships. In this particular contract - with a Tier1 operator.