Photo Release -- Solid Progress of Azteca in the Construction of the Largest
Fiber Optic Network in Latin America
—Azteca Comunicaciones has installed to date 12,000 kilometers of fiber optic
cable in Colombia, over 60% of the 19,000 kilometers contemplated in broadband
Solid Progress of Azteca Construction
Solid Progress of Azteca in the
Construction of the Largest Fiber Optic
Network in Latin America
—Current coverage includes 452 municipalities, with the final goal to offer
world-class telecommunications services to 753 municipalities—
MEXICO CITY, July 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TV Azteca, S.A.B. de C.V.
(BMV:AZTECA) (Latibex:XTZA), one of the two largest producers of
Spanish-language television programming in the world, announced today that it
has installed 12,000 kilometers of fiber optic cable in Colombia, as part of a
telecommunications project that will include a 19,000 kilometer network.
Current coverage includes 452 municipalities, with the final goal of 753.
A photo accompanying this release is available at
As previously announced, Azteca is building in Colombia the largest fiber
optic network in Latin America. The network represents a significant increase
in the telecommunication service infrastructure; according to estimates by the
Colombian government, the number of municipalities covered with fiber optic
increases from 27% to 96%, which facilitates the development of Colombia.
Azteca will commercialize world-class connectivity services at accessible
prices for large segments of the population; that will positively impact the
well-being of families and productivity of businesses, as well as better
public services availability.
The commercialization of telecommunications services will diversify and
strengthen Azteca revenue sources, adding to existing solid results in the
media business. The Colombian government contributes about US$235 million for
the network construction.
Azteca supports projects that improve the quality of life of the communities
where it operates. Company Chairman Ricardo Salinas recently shared his vision
about this project in his blog: A Colombian connectivity project.
Azteca is one of the two largest producers of Spanish-language television
programming in the world, operating two national television networks in
Mexico, Azteca 13 and Azteca 7, through more than 300 owned and operated
stations across the country. Azteca affiliates include Azteca America Network,
a broadcast television network focused on the rapidly growing U.S. Hispanic
market, and Azteca Web, an Internet company for North American Spanish
Azteca is a Grupo Salinas company (www.gruposalinas.com), a group of dynamic,
fast-growing, and technologically advanced companies focused on creating
shareholder value, contributing to build the middle class of the countries in
which they operate, and improving society through excellence. Created by
Mexican entrepreneur Ricardo B. Salinas (www.ricardosalinas.com), Grupo
Salinas operates a as a management development and decision forum for the top
leaders of member companies. The companies include: Azteca
(www.irtvazteca.com), Azteca America (www.aztecaamerica.com), Grupo Elektra
(www.grupoelektra.com.mx), Banco Azteca (www.bancoazteca.com.mx), Advance
America (www.advanceamerica.net), Afore Azteca (www.aforeazteca.com.mx),
Seguros Azteca (www.segurosazteca.com.mx) and Grupo Iusacell
(www.iusacell.com). Each of the Grupo Salinas companies operates
independently, with its own management, board of directors and shareholders.
Grupo Salinas has no equity holdings. However, member companies share a common
vision, values and strategies for achieving rapid growth, superior results and
Except for historical information, the matters discussed in this press release
are forward-looking statements and are subject to certain risks and
uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
projected. Other risks that may affect Azteca and its subsidiaries are
identified in documents sent to securities authorities.
The photo is also available via AP PhotoExpress.
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