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Telefónica taps Viasat for Brazilian satcomms

Telefónica taps Viasat for Brazilian satcomms

Source: Viasat

Telefónica Global Solutions partnered Viasat to provide satellite communications services in Brazil. The Telefónica wholesale and multinational customers subsidiary has been named a Viasat wholesale distributor under the deal.

The partnership will see Telefónica Global Solutions target enterprise customers “across the entire country” with a particular focus on those in hard-to-reach regions. These include areas where terrestrial internet services are not economically viable.

Gustavo Arditti, Satellite Business Unit Director at Telefónica Global Solutions, described the tie-up as enabling an “augmentation” of extant connectivity services, such as Telefónica|Vivo’s fibre-to-the-premises offering, which covers 17.3 million households.

The tie-up comes six months after a former Telefónica executive was named Managing Director for Viasat Brazil. Leandro Gaunszer, previously Transformation Director, Pay-TV for Telefónica’s Latin American footprint, has headed the Brazilian operation since early-2021. Telefónica and Viasat have rubbed elbows in the past under a contract to deliver in-flight Wi-Fi services for Vueling Airlines in 2014. The Group used Viasat broadband terminals to deliver the services (Telefónicawatch, #86).

Viasat claimed to have become the first satcomms provider to reach 100% coverage of Brazil in late-2020. That milestone was followed by a partnership with pay-TV operator SKY Brasil in early-2021, which saw SKY become a distribution partner, installing and providing onsite technical services for Viasat’s internet service. At present, Viasat uses its Telebras SGDC 1 satellite to provide internet services. It has plans to further “augment” its satellite provision in the Americas with a three-satellite constellation, ViaSat 3. The first of these satellites will be launched in 2022.