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HISPASAT rolls out first 50 WiFi satellite hotspots in Brazil

The first phase of the project includes the installation of 50 new WiFi satellite hotspots in Brazil, powered by Facebook Connectivity’s Express WiFi platform.

Spanish telecommunications satellite operator HISPASAT and EasyTV, a provider of innovative entertainment and digital content solutions, have joined forces to bring internet access to Brazilian towns located in regions that lack connectivity. This will enable EasyTV to provide practical and reliable high-speed internet access using coverage in the Ka-band of HISPASAT’s Amazonas 5 satellite. 

EasyTV is the first company that HISPASAT has worked with to provide connectivity service using the Express WiFi platform. The WiFi satellite hotspots installed by HISPASAT and EasyTV are located in remote communities in the state of Maranhão, where connectivity has been lacking due to insufficient telecommunications infrastructure. The second stage of the project is already in progress. 

HISPASAT and EasyTV will install another 50 satellite connectivity hotspots in different towns in the north and north-east interior of Brazil over the next few months. The companies expect to increase this figure notably before the end of the year. 

HISPASAT will also look for new partners to roll out this network in other regions where connectivity is lagging. The ultimate goal is to extend HISPASAT ‘s coverage up to 3,000 hotspots in Brazil using the Express WiFi platform. 

In addition to providing satellite capacity, HISPASAT will provide EasyTV with the equipment, including the Express WiFi platform as a customer-facing access solution, removing a barrier to entry for internet service to commercialise in remote parts of the country. 

For its part, EasyTV is responsible for installing and maintaining the equipment, as well as selling the WiFi hotspot access package deals through local distributors that market the service and provide support to end-users. 

End-users can access the internet without the need to install any device or do anything other than simply purchase a prepaid pass. These passes include different offers of the allotted time and data volume at very affordable prices. 

After purchasing the package through one of the local EasyTV distributors, users only need to connect their device to the company’s WiFi network and enter their access code to browse the internet. This system allows users to tailor their internet usage to their needs and finances, without having to commit to a fixed monthly fee. 

Commenting on the hotspots, Sergio Chaves, South American Business Director for Hispamar (the Brazilian subsidiary of HISPASAT), said: “Satellites are the ideal technology to extend connectivity in remote or sparsely populated areas, as they provide universal coverage and can be deployed rapidly”. The Amazonas 5 is a latest-generation satellite with high throughput in the Ka-band, ideal to provide high-quality broadband services in Brazil. Thanks to our partnership with Facebook, we are able to offer a simple, complete internet access solution, both for distributors as well as for end-users.” 

Jadson Welder, CEO of EasyTV remarked: “By the end of 2020, we plan to have more than 400 hotspots spread throughout the Ka-band coverage area provided by the Amazonas 5 satellite. The arrival of Express WiFi has had an undeniable social impact on the lives of the residents in remote communities like Maranhão. EasyTV is committed to expanding the use of Express WiFi as we look for new ways to improve connectivity for these Brazilian communities”.