Rural Peru to benefit from Eutelsat and Telespazio deal

Rural Peru to benefit from Eutelsat and Telespazio deal

Over 1,300 rural sites will gain access to connectivity in Peru as part of Peru's national programme to bridge the digital divide, according to the two signatories of a new satellite backhaul deal.

Leading satellite operator Eutelsat Communications and Telespazio, a joint venture between Leonardo and Thales working in satcoms systems and services, have announced a contract for the provision of satellite capacity for rural backhauling for Peru. The deal is linked to Peru's national telecommunications programme, Pronatel.

Under this multi-year agreement, Telespazio will use Ku-band capacity operating on several transponders on the Eutelsat 117 West B satellite to bring telecommunications access to more than 1,300 underserved public sites, predominantly schools and health care facilities, located across the Peruvian Amazon.

The agreement is described as another testimony to Eutelsat's commitment to digital inclusion programmes initiated by public authorities in emerging countries – in this case, Pronatel.

Peru’s National Telecommunications Programme (Pronatel) aims to promote access to and use of essential public telecommunications services for rural residents and places of preferential social interest, formulating and evaluating investment projects in telecommunications and supervising their execution.

The other partner in the agreement, Telespazio, works in a variety of sectors ranging from design and development of space systems to management of launch services and in-orbit satellite control; and from Earth observation and integrated satellite communication, navigation and localisation services through to scientific programmes.

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