Aguas de Sao Pedro: First Digital City of Brazil
As we previously anticipated in another case study, Águas de São Pedro, a small city of around 3000 people and 187 kilometers away from São Paulo, is hosting a pilot project that aims to transform it into the first Digital City in Brazil.
Telefônica Vivo is leading this project with the support of partners such as Ericsson, Huawei and Grupo BEM – plus the collaboration of 300 companies and organizations. The results of this initiative will serve as a model to implement similar projects in other cities of São Paulo State and in other regions of the country. Telefónica is investing more than R$2 million in the project, which commenced at the end of 2013.
The ongoing transformation process consists on improvements in voice and connection services – such as the replacement of outdated telecoms equipment by modern and compact fiber optic equipment, higher speed broadband (25Mbps vs 10Mbps) or the activation of Telefónica Vivo 4G network – and the implementation of digital solutions in the areas of education, tourism, health and public administration management.
Telefónica, more than an internet provider, works to create solutions to bring benefits to the daily routine of people. Other similar projects developed by Telefónica to help cities and societies become more digital are, among others, Smart Santander, Smart Logroño or Valencia Ciudad Inteligente (VLCi).