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Peru plans to take satellite internet to rural areas

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Satellite internet has become popular in many countries, especially countries that are making working remotely common. Peru has taken up an ambitious goal to offer satellite internet services to millions of people residing in rural areas. If things go according […]

Satellite internet has become popular in many countries, especially countries that are making working remotely common. Peru has taken up an ambitious goal to offer satellite internet services to millions of people residing in rural areas. If things go according to plan, the project will impact its economy and bring development to remote areas.

The country is working on this program, including setting up Wi-Fi hotspots and cyber cafes in remote areas. Under the current Government, a degree has been issued regarding developing many satellite internet access centers. It will create as many as 860 locations ranging from Loreto to Ucayali and Madre de Dios to Amazonas. Following reports from local newspapers, the country will activate over 3000 Wi-Fi hotspots in public places in remote areas.

As much as this journey seems ambitious, the Government hopes to have 3000 running Wi-Fi hotspots by late July. Through the country’s communication minister, Eduardo Gonzalez, the country has communicated its plan to set up over a thousand internet access centers. Half of these centers will be running in the next six months. From his reports, Gonzalez’s ministry has received funding of $40.5 million for the plan.

However, the Government will be giving priorities to some provinces. They include Huancavelica, Lambayeque, Lima, Apurimac, and Cusco. After the first project’s success, the Government is hoping to add other 3000 hotspots in the rural telecom infrastructure. From research documents in Peru, you can tell that the remote areas have been lacking in the internet sector for years. This fact often leads to the areas missing on the development chart in comparison to urban areas.

Naturally, the private telecom firms have failed when it comes to this section. Why not when the firms do not extend their services to the sparsely-populated areas. And these private firms’ negligence in the matter is the reason for the “Digital divide” in Peru. However, this project is working on bridging this notion. Currently, 30% of the remote areas in Peru do not have access to the World Wide Web. And the lack of internet connection is the main reason why development is stagnant in these areas. The Government is hoping to have made this plan solid by the end of this year. With that, different internet deprived areas can have access to the internet.

Many may say that Peru has embarked on an ambitious and almost impossible mission. However, the Government seems to be working with all the related ministries for this remote areas’ new move. Whether this project will work or not is a mystery many hope to unveil by the end of this year.

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