Brasilia, Brazil and Carlsbad, Calif. -- Global communications vendor Viasat Inc. today announced its first Brazilian wholesale distribution partner, Ruralweb, a Brazilian-licensed company that has offered satellite services since 2003. Through the agreement, Ruralweb will work with Viasat to distribute and deploy high-speed satellite Internet services throughout all of Brazil, even the country's most remote locations.
Through a relationship Viasat maintains with Telebras, Viasat offers an advanced broadband service via the SGDC-1 (Geostationary Satellite for Defense and Strategic Communications) satellite. By coupling the SGDC-1 satellite with Viasat's ground network and infrastructure, Ruralweb will bring Viasat's fast, reliable satellite Internet services to residential, small office/home office (SOHO), agricultural and enterprise markets.
"Ruralweb is a respected partner with an established distribution and fulfillment network that has served the Brazil communications market for over a decade," said Lisa Scalpone, Viasat's country manager for Brazil. "Ruralweb's team will help us bring affordable, scalable, high-quality broadband services to new markets, especially those communities where Internet service has historically been unavailable."
Added Ruralweb President Marcus Antonio Kruel: "We're focused on keeping pace with broadband technology advancements. Our partnership with Viasat will allow us to complement our satellite portfolio -- with an ability to offer advanced high-quality Ka-band services. Viasat selected us as a distribution partner because our local expertise will enable us to penetrate new geographic locations and populations to meet the anticipated demands for Viasat's new service offerings."
Viasat remains committed to bring high-speed, high-quality broadband service to the people of Brazil. The company continues to invest resources into the local Brazilian market as it awaits final approval of the amendment to its agreement with Telebras by the Tribunal de Contas da União (TCU).
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