Hughes Network Systems recently announced a high-speed satellite internet service for Mexico. Now it’s the turn of Viasat.
Working with the Mexican government, global communications company Viasat Inc and wholesale satellite internet and telecommunications company Ubix have announced a collaboration to connect government buildings, federal clinics and schools across Mexico, under a programme known as Internet para Todos.
Ubix and Viasat have been working together since December 2018, leveraging satellite internet bandwidth from Viasat’s ViaSat-2 satellite (described as the world’s most advanced high-capacity communications satellite) to bring high-speed, high-quality satellite internet service to many enterprises in Mexico. The satellite-enabled services operate in the 28 GHz and 18 GHz portions of the Ka-band, which, the partners say, provides the needed bandwidth to best support unserved and underserved areas in Mexico. The two companies are now leveraging the ViaSat-2 satellite to connect schools, healthcare sites and government institutions under Mexico’s ‘Internet para Todos’ initiative.
Most of the schools in particular have historically had no or very poor connectivity. It is hoped that this programme will enable them to better meet education demands and use the internet across their curriculums.