Hughes Network Systems has announced that the launch of its HughesNet satellite broadband service in Brazil will take place on 1 July, marking the company’s first international deployment of its consumer service outside of North America, where it has signed up more than one million customers. Operating over the Ka-band capacity of Eutelsat’s 65 West A high-throughput satellite, HughesNet’s service reaches 85% of Brazil’s population, bringing broadband access to consumers and businesses in areas currently unserved or underserved by terrestrial broadband.
In other satellite-centric news, Channel Islands-based satellite broadband operator O3b Networks has announced that it has deployed its ‘Fibre From The Sky’ solution in Tefe, a city in the interior of the Amazon, located 500km from the regional capital Manaus. The service is available for residential, corporate and government customers and is being offered in partnership with O3b’s regional distributor, Ozonio. The city is home to more than 60,000 inhabitants, who have long suffered from ‘digital isolation’, the company notes.