Amazon, Vrio to Launch Satellite Internet Service in South America


Amazon and the telecommunications firm Vrio announced on Thursday that they will jointly launch a satellite internet service in seven South American countries, entering into direct competition with Elon Musk’s Starlink.

Vrio, the U.S. company managing the Latin American branches of DirecTV and Sky Brasil, will offer the service to customers in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia.

“We see a significant opportunity,” said Lucas Werthein, vice president of Vrio.

Amazon’s Project Kuiper, initiated by a former Starlink employee, will provide internet via satellites in low Earth orbit.

Werthein highlighted the World Bank’s estimates, noting that approximately 200 million people in the region have poor or no internet access. He also mentioned the region’s challenging geographical terrain and the difficulties in making large infrastructure investments.

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The service is expected to go live in mid-2025, starting in Argentina, according to Project Kuiper’s launch plan.

Over the coming months, Project Kuiper will detail its strategy to deploy 3,236 satellites, according to Bruno Henriques, the head of Latin American business development for the firm.

Amazon announced in 2019 its intention to invest $10 billion in the project. “Our goal is to ensure that all customers, regardless of whether they live in urban, suburban, or rural areas, have equal access to broadband,” Henriques stated.

Source Reuters

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