Hispasat, NEC provide video connectivity to Colombia


Juan Fernandez Gonzalez

| 25 August 2015

Aiming to reduce the digital divide across Colombia as a part of the public project Kioscos Vive Digital, Hispasat and NEC are to provide universal connectivity services via satellite in rural and remote areas of the country.

vivedigitalTaking those living in the largest cities into the digital era and opening new opportunities for over-the-top (OTT) services, the project comes from a joint venture between the two companies, who in December 2013 won the government bid to install, operate and manage 648 digital kiosks in seven provinces.

The current project is the second stage of the Kioscos Vive Digital initiative, which aims to ensure 100% of towns with over 100 inhabitants in Colombia have at least one communal Internet access point. So far, the Amazonas, Boyacá, Caldas, Cundinamarca, Guainía, Risaralda and Vaupés provinces have been given access to the Internet, national and international telephone services, among many other services.

"With Kiosco Vive Digital, we want to show how we provide Internet services in remote areas, as part of our strong commitment to bring technology to the lives of every Colombian," said Luis Fernando Lozano, director of connectivity and leader of the optical fibre and connectivity projects in Colombia. "Today we have 6,668 Kioscos Vive Digital buildings that already benefit and train Colombian farmers".

Elena Pisonero, Hispasat's president, commented: "Satellites are a very important infrastructure in countries where the land networks are less extended and there are still regions that do not have access to the information society."

Also in Colombia, Hispasat is providing satellite connection for video and voice to the Ruta BBVA organisation, formerly Ruta Quetzal.