September 2, 2020 – Speedcast International Limited, the world’s most trusted satellite services and IT solutions provider, has been awarded a project to provide high-speed internet to 250 sites across rural Colombia. The government initiative will provide Colombians from Guajira to Amazonas with near-instant internet access – even in regions where fiber, cable and LTE services are unavailable. Speedcast has been delivering critical VSAT services for more than twenty years and leverages the largest global satellite network in the world to provide coverage in even the most remote environments for its customers. The partnership with Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), the largest consumer satellite internet provider in Colombia, will provide seamless and reliable coverage at each of the 250 sites, leveraging Hughes’ Ka-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) coverage to power 162 Community Wi-Fi hotspots, while the remaining 88 sites will leverage Ku-band connectivity. Following the contract award to local government organization, EMTEL, by MinTIC and Communications Colombia, the project was awarded to Speedcast by its customer UT Wi-Fi Rural Colombia; a joint venture between SDT Ingenieria and Dinatel. The solution leverages, Speedcast’s Ku-band network and Hughes’ Ka-band JUPITER 2 and Hughes 63 West satellites, with both parties supporting UT Wi-Fi Rural Colombia in installing the hotspots.