CANTV to offer satellite communications next month

16 Dec 2008

Venezuelan state-owned telecoms operator CANTV will start providing services via the country’s newly launched Simon Bolivar (Venesat-1) satellite on 10 January, the government said in a statement quoted by BNamericas. CANTV aims to provide satellite-based telephony, high speed internet and TV services to isolated areas, and the government says satellite communications will also be instrumental in the implementation of telemedicine and tele-education programmes. CANTV has set up an earth station in Guarico state to operate the satellite, which has coverage of Latin America and the Caribbean. According to the report, during the first half of 2009 the government expects to identify 1,200 locations including schools and hospitals where satellite communications services will be provided.

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