Hughes to roll out WiMAX, Wi-Fi networks in Amazonas region

25 Nov 2008

US-based broadband satellite provider Hughes Network Systems says its Brazilian operating subsidiary has won a tender to deploy a broadband network based on WiMAX and Wi-Fi technologies in the Amazonas region, BNamericas reports. Hughes signed a three-year contract with Brazil’s public sector data processing company Prodam and will use wireless broadband platforms to provide high speed internet access in all 61 municipalities of Amazonas state. The value of the deal was not disclosed.

Hughes hopes to complete the initial rollout phase within twelve months. In stage one, it will deploy coverage to 15 municipalities which will receive WiMAX network services connecting various public agencies and a Wi-Fi hotspot grid for wireless public internet access. The US company intends to install and operate wireless base stations in all 61 municipalities, backed up with more than 900 wireless customer premises terminals.