Satellite connectivity provider OneWeb entered the Brazilian market after being awarded a 15-year landing rights license by regulator Anatel, as part of long-term plans to expand in South America.
OneWeb executive chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal said in a statement: “OneWeb’s entry into the Brazilian market is a significant milestone for our path to providing global services. With the historic license approval from Anatel, and our planned satellite gateways in Petrolina and Maricá, we are now in prime position to deliver on our central mission of improved access to connectivity for communities across the whole of South America.”
OneWeb detailed its entry into Brazil being named as one of few countries to host two satellite gateways, which will be in the states of Petrolina and Marica.
Anatel voted unanimously to give OneWeb permission to land in Brazil in a move to boost connectivity for thousands of Brazilian citizens and businesses. OneWeb said its entry into Brazil is a vital hurdle in its long-term ambition to deliver solutions across South America and the Caribbean.
OneWeb head of government and regulatory affairs for Latin America and the Caribbean, Christopher Casarrubias added: “The Government of Brazil has made closing the digital divide a priority, which is firmly reflected in OneWeb’s license approval. We now have significant momentum behind our plans to supply high-speed, low-latency internet to Brazil, as its satellite market becomes increasingly diverse and dynamic over the coming years.”