CORAL GABLES, Fla., and LIMA, Perú – Intelsat and Andesat are partnering to bring end-to-end mobile broadband (3G) service to remote communities across Perú. The two companies have developed a new model that will quickly and efficiently bring life-changing 3G access to 154 rural Peruvian communities in 2020, and as many as 400 remote sites in Perú over the next 18 months.
Research shows that connectivity can have life-changing impacts for unconnected remote communities. The World Bank estimates that for every 10 percent increase in high-speed Internet connections, a country’s gross domestic product rises approximately by 1.4 percent.
With internet connectivity, those living in remote areas can participate in e-banking, use telemedicine resources and access potentially life-saving weather reports. Internet access also brings medium and long-term effects to remote areas, expanding access to educational and vocational resources, helping businesses operate more efficiently and ultimately, strengthening the area’s foundation for future economic growth.
Until now, bringing connectivity to the remote regions of Perú has been deemed too risky for any one mobile network operator (MNO) or communications service provider to tackle alone. The innovative and cooperative model pioneered by Andesat and Intelsat enables the companies to share infrastructure- and network-build expenses as well as revenues. In turn, Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) only pay for the traffic that their end-users consume.
The collaborative model holds the potential to be replicated throughout Latin America and help MNOs connect end-users in remote and rural areas. The Peruvian government alone has identified over 16,000 rural sites of National Interest in need of connectivity.
Andesat is using its Rural Mobile Infrastructure Operator license (OIMR) to connect remote sites in Perú, sourcing tower sites, designing and building towers and taking point on equipment for the connectivity initiative. Intelsat is leveraging its scale, infrastructure and expertise to assist Andesat in building out the integrated land-space, mobile broadband (3G) infrastructure, bandwidth capacity and service operations to meet evolving end-user demand.
One of Perú’s regional Mobile Network Operators (MNO) is currently leveraging the Intelsat-Andesat model to bring voice and data services to new local subscribers, helping to cement its service-delivery reputation in the region and benefitting a potential universe of 60,000 towns and villages and a total of more than three million people.
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Over the next two years, approximately 60% of service providers (both large and small) will adopt virtualization on a wide scale across their networks, according to the latest survey report from Ovum. Why are providers making these moves? Is there an easy way to start?
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