Business Wire reports that SKY Brazil, a subsidiary of Latin American satellite TV provider DIRECTV, today launched a 4G wireless broadband service in Brasilia, with plans to roll out the service to other Brazilian cities next year. The fledgling service utilises TD-LTE technology and promises to deliver consumers high speed broadband access to the internet. At launch SKY Brazil’s metropolitan footprint in Brasilia spans a number of neighbourhoods that are currently underserved when it comes to advanced broadband infrastructure. The equipment for the operator’s new network is being provided by Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN).
SKY Brazil is bundling the new broadband product as part of its SKY TV offer, but says it is also available as a standalone service. The company holds licences to operate data communication services (DCS) in a number of cities and parent company DIRECTV is also exploring opportunities to offer wireless broadband services in other parts of Latin America. Commenting on the Brazil launch, Bruce Churchill, president of DIRECTV Latin America, said: ‘With the launch of this new service, we continue to maintain SKY’s position as the region’s leader in technological innovation and service … By offering fast, high-quality broadband service at an affordable price, we are opening up new growth opportunities in Brazil and throughout the region. We’re excited to launch this new product that will complement and enhance our industry-leading video experience.’