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Inred and SES expand satellite internet coverage in Colombia's Amazonas
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Inred and SES expand satellite internet coverage in Colombia's Amazonas
by Hugo Ritmico
Madrid, Spain (SPX) May 07, 2024

INRED, a Colombian local connectivity service provider, in collaboration with SES, has announced the expansion of high-throughput connectivity services to remote areas in the Amazonas department using SES's Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites. This initiative aims to connect over 500 homes, schools, government entities, and thousands of residents, significantly enhancing digital inclusion under the Amazonas Digital initiative.

The use of SES's MEO satellites, orbiting 8,000 km above Earth, is critical in providing low-latency, high-capacity internet services to Leticia and other rural locales in Amazonas. These satellites are essential in complementing the Colombian government's efforts to ensure comprehensive access to educational, social, and economic opportunities across difficult-to-reach areas.

"Having a long-term partner such as SES, who operates satellites in both geostationary and MEO orbits and knows our connectivity needs well, we have full trust in SES offering the most ideal satellite network to pave the way to a better social and economic future for the people of Colombia," says John Urena, Chief Executive Officer of INRED.

"At SES we are committed to supporting our partners to close the digital divide. We have previously enabled INRED to connect nearly one million people in 1,300 sites across Colombia with free Wi-Fi access," said Omar Trujillo, Vice President of Enterprise Americas at SES. "Today we expand our collaboration as INRED leverages our MEO satellites to connect the population of the city of Leticia with low-latency, high-throughput connectivity that will allow for better access to educational and governmental services."

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