Hispasat, the Spanish operator and satellite solutions and services provider, has been involved in two very different deals recently, covering education and OTT video.
In Panama it has provided the government with a pilot tele-education project that it has implemented in the Plan de Chorcha Educational Centre, located in Ngäbe-Buglé, one of the country’s most mountainous regions.
Hispasat says it has donated a satellite internet service to the school with a tele-education system that allows educational contents provided by the Ministry of Education to be sent and stored locally. This way, students can download the material on their devices and work with them at home.
Hispasat says it will also set up a Wi-Fi connectivity service for the community, apart from one at the school, which will allow the rest of the residents to connect.
The pilot will be complemented with two technology classrooms. These classrooms include laptops for the teachers, tablets for the students, a cabinet to store and charge the devices, an interactive digital screen and a technology classroom management programme with logical security. The operator will also provide training for teachers on how to handle these digital devices.
Hispasat says it has also reached an agreement with NAGRA, an independent provider of streaming, content protection and monetization solutions for digital television, to develop a wholesale over-the-top (OTT) television solution in Latin America.
The service will enable pay-TV operators, internet service providers (ISPs) and regional content companies to offer their clients a high-quality multiscreen entertainment service that is distributed through the internet without having to roll out their own infrastructure.
Hispasat will be responsible for the entire operation of the service from the teleport of Lurin, Peru, where it has an experienced team of professionals that currently operates several TV platforms via satellite for the main South American operators. Launch is imminent: Hispasat says it is planned for the spring of 2022.