A premium residential internet service has been launched in Brazil, courtesy of global communications company Viasat.
The availability of what the company describes as reliable, high-speed, high-quality internet service for residential customers in Brazil means that, once the rollout is complete, Viasat expects to be the only satellite ISP capable of making high-speed internet available in 100 percent of the country.
Viasat’s service uses bandwidth from the Telebras SGDC-1 satellite to deliver satellite internet services. The service is launching across eight states including São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, Pernambuco, Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul, Federal District and Amazonas. It will then be rolled out across the country, with an expected completion date before the end of 2020.
Brazilian residents across the initial launch states can now subscribe to a home satellite internet service with speeds of up to 20 megabits per second (Mbps) and data packages that go up to 80 gigabytes of data per month.
Viasat offers two plans: a basic plan (Viasat 10Mega) and an advanced plan (Viasat 20Mega). Each plan includes download speeds of up to 10 Mbps and 20 Mbps respectively, along with in-home Wi-Fi. The plans include what the company calls unique features, such as unlimited chat and browsing, and also a free zone from 2:00am to 7:00am local time.
Viasat is working with local company Visiontec to provide in-market sales, fulfilment and technical support for the residential internet service. Visiontec has over 27 years’ experience working in the manufacture and design of analogue and digital receivers for satellite and terrestrial TV and connectivity services.