Social media giant Facebook is linking with Hughes Network Systems to provide its Community WiFi access to Facebook users in Colombia.
The system uses Facebook’s Express WiFi platform, and transmitted via Hughes’ (VSAT) Very Small Aperture Terminals.
“Express Wi-Fi supports the Facebook Connectivity mission to bring more people online with faster Internet,” said Paul Monte, technical program manager, Express Wi-Fi at Facebook. “We’re excited to partner with Hughes to bring this affordable, end-to-end solution to network operators, local retailers and Internet users across Colombia.”
“This combined Hughes and Facebook Wi-Fi solution makes it possible for small businesses in Colombia to monetize their own hotspots virtually anywhere, especially in places unserved or underserved by affordable Internet access,” said Vinay Patel, senior director, International Division at Hughes. “We look forward to forging new relationships with service providers and integrators who want to join Hughes in supporting local communities throughout Colombia.”
Hughes, in its statement, says: “Colombian merchants can now provide high-speed internet access to customers and community members on a prepaid basis – even in the most remote locations.”
The Facebook partnership is a continuation of Hughes’ global Community Wi-Fi efforts, having deployed more than 32,000 satellite-enabled hotspots in Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, and Russia – providing affordable internet access to more than 25 million people.
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