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Hispasat, Bansat Expand Colombian Connectivity

By Annamarie Nyirady | March 19, 2019
Photo: Hispasat

Photo: Hispasat

Hispasat is now operating 10 Wi-Fi points in the Colombian region of Montes de María in collaboration with the satellite services provider Bansat. By implementing this pilot experience, the residents in the towns of San Andrés, San José del Playón and San Cayetano in the department of Bolívar; and of Sabanas de Pedro, Sabanas de Cali, Macajan, Flor del Monte, Chalan, Guami, and Libertad in the department of Sucre will be able to enjoy satellite connectivity services on their mobile devices by purchasing prepaid passes. The plan is to extend this pilot experience to ten more points soon and in the next months to spread the number of Wi-Fi points to numerous towns in the country. 

This solution is part of the services managed by Hispasat, which provides the platform and capacity from its Hispasat 70W-1 satellite. Bansat, for its part, is in charge of installing the Wi-Fi points in the most popular areas of these towns and providing the service from its operations centre in Bogotá to its local partners, who will market it to end users. The company has collaborated with Nexmachina to supply the devices to develop the prepaid pass management platform. 

“Thanks to the prepaid pass system and setting up these Wi-Fi points, which will soon spread to other areas of Colombia, we are taking one more step towards our goal of bringing the internet and the information society to all Colombians, regardless of where they’re located, thanks to satellites,” said Hisapsat Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) Ignacio Sanchis.