Intelsat, Andesat Partner to Bring 3G to Rural Peru
Intelsat and Andesat are partnering to bring 3G service to remote communities across Peru. The two companies announced Monday that they have developed a new model that will quickly and efficiently bring mobile broadband access to 154 rural Peruvian communities in 2020, and as many as 400 remote sites in the country over the next 18 months.
Under the new model, the companies share infrastructure- and network-build expenses as well as revenues. In addition, Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) only pay for the traffic that their end-users consume. Andesat plans to use its Rural Mobile Infrastructure Operator license (OIMR) to connect remote sites in Peru, sourcing tower sites, designing and building towers and taking point on equipment for the connectivity initiative. Intelsat will assist Andesat in building out the integrated land-space, mobile broadband infrastructure, bandwidth capacity, and service operations.
“This initiative is going to change lives in a fundamental way,” said Andesat Group CEO Pablo Rasore. “In addition to enabling the people of the remote regions of Peru to communicate, it’s going to enable Peruvians, not only to reach the world in a new and different way for the first time, but to be protagonists in building their own future.”