SES inks deal with Telecomm Telegrafos to support rural broadband rollout in Mexico

9 Apr 2014

Luxembourg-based satellite operator SES has announced the signing of a capacity agreement with Telecomm Telegrafos of Mexico which will help bring broadband services to underserved rural communities. Under the terms of the deal, state-owned Telecomm will utilise five transponders of Ku-band capacity on SES’ AMC-3 satellite – which was repositioned in 2012 to the 67 degree West location to meet the growing demand for capacity across Mexico and the Latin American region – to provide some 11,000 schools and community centres with high-speed internet and voice services.

With more than 9,000 locations said to have already been connected as part of the Ministry of Communications-led Mexico Conectado programme, Jorge Juaridini Rumilla, Telecomm’s director general, said of the deal: ‘SES´s reliable satellites and commitment to the region play a pivotal role in enabling Mexico Conectado to bridge the digital divide throughout the nation,’ adding: ‘The operation of the rural broadband network is constantly improving life in rural communities across Mexico. We are enabling once-isolated villages to link with the outside world, which opens doors to entirely new educational and economic growth opportunities.’

Mexico, SES, Telecomm Telegrafos