Argentina’s state-owned satellite operator ARSAT has been enlisted to bring low-cost broadband access to 1,200 localities throughout the country – including 100 that have never been connected to the internet, Clarin reports. The media group, which cites comments from ARSAT CEO Rodrigo de Loredo, reports that the project will cost a total of ARS4.53 billion (USD308 million), of which the bulk (ARS3.66 billion) will be used to connect the rural localities to the country’s in-deployment Federal Fibre-Optic Network (Red Federal de Fibra Optica, REFEFO). The remaining funds will be set aside for maintenance costs.
According to the ARSAT website, the REFEFO is composed of a federal backbone network, divided into thirteen geographic regions, and several provincial networks which are interconnected to the backbone. When complete, the network will span 58,000km and connect around 2,600 localities, equivalent to 90% of the total population. Around 35,000km of the network is currently said to be complete.