US satellite giant Viasat has teamed up with Intercorp Peru, a company which provides financial, retail and educational services across Latin America, to bring digital and social inclusion to communities across the region using Viasat’s satellite-enabled ‘Community Internet’ system. The Community Internet service uses a centralised satellite-enabled hotspot to connect to a Viasat satellite and deliver a broadband connectivity to communities that previously had little or no internet access.
Under the terms of the definitive agreement between Viasat and Intercorp, the satellite connectivity service will align with the ViaSat-2 satellite footprint as well as future ViaSat-3 satellite coverage over Latin America. Initial coverage areas will include Jamaica, Guatemala and Honduras, with parts of South America expected to be served once the ViaSat-3 satellite is in service.
Multinational beverage company CBC will serve as a regional distribution partner, noting that its existing distribution network ‘can quickly bring quality internet service to the depth of Latin America’.