Brazil and SpaceX team up to boost broadband, Amazon monitoring



Brazilian authorities are linking a partnership with SpaceX to provide broadband coverage across the country, as well as help monitor deforestation in the Amazon.

Brazilian authorities are linking a partnership with SpaceX to provide broadband coverage across the country, as well as help monitor deforestation in the Amazon.

The country already enjoys internet connections from Latam, which is partnered with Oi, a telecoms company that in Brazil forms part of the state holding company known as Anhanguera dos Minas Gerais.

Anhanguera is already working with the firm, and will now follow a partnership with SpaceX, which is developing a network of micro-satellites.

The new network will provide coverage in part of the country’s dry interior, which is home to much of the Amazon region.

The move will allow more remote regions of the Amazon to be connected to broadband – a critical development, as the region continues to be covered by millions of hectares of forest.

As well as monitoring the growth of illegal logging, the network will also help control the air quality of the area.

“The use of satellites is not only a game changer, but it can drastically improve Brazilian lives,” explained André Silva, the president of Latin America at SpaceX.

Since the pairing was announced, the company says it has received more than 90 registrations for Peruvian towns where access to the service is likely to be needed.

Latam is the only firm operating in South America with the necessary permit for the network.

Though it has not yet announced a launch date, it hopes to start signing up customers before the end of the year.

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