Microsoft, Viasat team up to boost Internet access to underserved communities2022-12-14 18:30 by Daniela
Tags: Microsoft, ViaSat
Viasat and Microsoft have formed a partnership to help deliver internet access to underserved communities. Microsoft announced plans to bring satellite internet access to 10 million people, half of them in Africa, but also in countries such as Guatemala and Mexico, as part of efforts to bridge the digital divide with the developing world.
The deal, which stems from the Microsoft Airband Initiative, will see Viasat help bring connectivity to 5M people across Africa and an additional 5M people across the world by the end of 2025.
According to the International Telecommunication Union at the UN, roughly one third of the world's population - or 2.7 billion people - have still never used the internet. Satellite allows internet access to reach remote areas that previously have had few, if any, options for conventional connectivity. Working together, the companies will combine expertise and assets to help enable telehealth, distance learning and education, precision agriculture, clean power, and other services to reach new areas through the transformational provision of power and connectivity. The companies will collaborate to provide and pilot technologies including, but not limited to, satellites (both geostationary orbit and low earth orbit) and fixed wireless.
The partnership builds upon the existing relationship between Viasat and Microsoft Azure Space to deliver advances in satellite connectivity.
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