Viasat expects the new residential service to provide connectivity in the most difficult to reach areas, where land services are not available.
At present, 80% of the Mexican territory does not have an Internet connection. The extension of the region and the complicated orography of the country are some of the difficulties that exist today to carry a fast and reliable connection.
This year, the Mexican government criticized the private initiative for not to take these remote areas to the Internet and proposed actions to connect using the fiber optic network of the Federal Electricity Commission, the light company that covers almost all of the territory with its infrastructure.
The challenge of connecting to Mexico
However, a ground connection is not the only alternative for this type of service. Facebook initiatives in Brazil and Mexico, as well as Telefónica in Peru, have opted to bring satellite Internet to the most remote parts of these countries. Even in Peru, these attempts to cover as many areas as possible have led to new alternatives being tried, such as Loon balloons.
Now, earlier this month, Viasat Inc., a global telecommunications company, announced the launch of its new high-speed and high-speed satellite Internet service for Mexican homes. Customers can subscribe to this service with speeds of up to 50 Mbps, which will allow them to enjoy access to social networks, streaming content, video calls, sending/receiving emails, unlimited chat, and web browsing.
Viasat’s mission is to keep everything and everyone connected. With this in mind, the company has managed to position itself as a reliable satellite internet provider, successfully implementing its Community Wi-Fi service across the country, which uses satellite-enabled Wi-Fi access points to offer affordable Internet on rural areas and remote communities that previously had little or no connection.
Viasat, with experience in Mexico
Although it is up to this moment that Viasat announces its Satellite Internet service, the company has already collaborated with local partners in Mexico to promote the “Internet for All” program, connecting government spaces, health centers, and schools to the Internet through the satellite system of Viasat. Also, Aeroméxico has hired this company to bring high-speed connectivity in flight to a part of its commercial fleet.
“There are still millions of Mexicans without access to a reliable and high-quality broadband Internet connection, but we are here to change that situation,” said Lisa Scalpone, Vice President of Residential Services of Viasat for Latin America. “We are excited to help close this digital divide in Mexico and connect people with everything the Internet has to offer. Our new residential offer has a price designed for the Mexican consumer, which guarantees the speed, quality, and confidence to satisfy their daily needs online. “
Viasat’s residential plans in Mexico
The new residential offer uses the bandwidth of ViaSat-2, which is currently one of the most advanced high-capacity communications satellites in the world.
The service began operating today in selected areas of the country and will be implemented in other parts of Mexico in early 2020. The plans will have download speeds of up to 50 Mbps in certain areas, which represents the fastest satellite Internet speed available in the country. Also, the plans for this service seek to offer competitive prices in the country.