Work-in-Space News2017-03-09 09:17:24
Velconet selects EUTELSAT 115 West B to provide broadband across the Southern Cone
Velconet SA, an Argentinian telecommunications company specializing in communications solutions for rural areas, has signed a multi-year agreement with Eutelsat Americas, a subsidiary of Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL), to provide broadband services across Argentina, Peru, Paraguay and Chile via the EUTELSAT 115 West B satellite.
Velconet will use EUTELSAT 115 West B’s robust Ku-band coverage and exceptional power levels across the Southern Cone to provide broadband connectivity in areas located beyond the reach of terrestrial networks. The service will target corporate customers mainly in the agricultural industry, which represents one of the largest economic sectors in Argentina with over 250,000 farms, in addition to Tourism, Construction, Banking, and Small Businesses.
Pablo Rasore, Founder and CEO of Velconet, said: “We are really pleased to have reached an agreement with Eutelsat that will, with no doubt, benefit thousands of small and medium farmers and other businesses in the region. This is a big effort in terms of investment but I trust the market will respond.”
Patricio Northland, CEO of Eutelsat Americas, said: “We are delighted to be taking satellite broadband even further through this agreement with Velconet. It is a step that will narrow the digital divide and significantly promote business across Argentina and beyond.”
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