Viasat partners Visiontec to deliver satellite internet to Brazil

03 June 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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Global communications company Viasat and Brazilian satellite products distribution company Visiontec have partnered to bring high-speed satellite internet to Brazil.

Under the terms of the partnership, Visiontec will act as Viasat’s fulfilment partner and is the process of installing Viasat satellite broadband equipment into schools, hospitals and government facilities with future installations planned for residential, commercial and community Wifi hotspots.

"Viasat has a solid reputation for building modernized satellite networks. Our goal is to work with local partners on building out the satellite ground infrastructure to stir economic development, job creation and ultimately make digital inclusion a reality for Brazil through advanced satellite communications," said Lisa Scalpone (pictured), vice president and Brazil country manager, Viasat. "We believe our partnership with Visiontec shows our long-term commitment to the country, and our goal of making advanced internet services available to each and every community in Brazil—from the most remote schools, hospitals and government facilities in the Amazon to eventually providing residential and commercial internet services to outside city centres."

In turn, Viasat is providing the ground network and infrastructure to power the Telebras-owned and controlled SGDC-1 satellite, that will eventually bring affordable, scalable broadband services to communities where internet service has historically been unavailable in Brazil.

"We see our new partnership with Viasat as a tremendous opportunity to deliver high-quality broadband internet to the people of Brazil," added Antonio Carlos de Moraes, business director, Visiontec. "Our deep expertise in satellite internet installation services coupled with our distribution network made us an ideal partner for Viasat, as they bring wide-scale broadband internet services to even the hardest-to-reach locations in the country."

In February, Viasat entered into a partnership with Facebook to offer high-speed internet services in rural Mexico. The partnership will see Viasat and Facebook work together to deploy the satellite firm’s Community Wi-Fi hotspot service initially in remote areas of Mexico, with the potential to expand the service globally.