Astranis signs deal to bring satellite internet to 3 million people in Peru by 2023

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  • Astranis, a company with an alternative approach to providing Internet access from satellites, announced a deal that will bring broadband to millions of people in Peru.
  • The company’s agreement with Latin American service provider Grupo Andesat, worth more than $90 million, will see Astranis deploy one of its small form factor satellites exclusively for Peru.
  • “This first satellite, which will go into service in 2023, will illuminate approximately 1,000 cell sites and provide broadband internet to nearly three million people nationwide,” John Gedmark, CEO of Astranis, told CNBC.

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Astranis, a San Francisco-based company with an alternative approach to providing Internet access from satellites, announced on Wednesday a deal that will bring broadband to millions of people in Peru over two years.

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The company’s agreement with Latin American service provider Grupo Andesat, worth more than $90 million, will see Astranis deploy one of its small form factor satellites exclusively for Peru.

“This first satellite, which will go into service in 2023, will illuminate approximately 1,000 cell sites and provide broadband internet to nearly three million people nationwide,” John Gedmark, CEO of Astranis, told CNBC.

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“This is the first time that Peruvians have their own dedicated satellite,” Gedmark said.

The Astranis deal with Andesat includes an option for a second satellite under similar terms, which Gedmark notes could be deployed as early as 2024. Gedmark stresses that Astranis’ satellite will provide broadband service to multiple locations for the first time, and will upgrade existing 2G. service to others.

“This capability is primarily used for cell backhaul – meaning our satellite is being used to connect cell towers, so individual users in Peru are going to get 4G broadband internet on their cell phones. Has been,” Gedmark said. “It’s a total game changer.”

Astranis’ is one of the next generation of broadband satellite systems in development, as companies race to meet growing global demand for data — including SpaceX’s Starlink, British-owned OneWeb, Amazon’s Project Kuiper, satellite-to- Smartphone specialist AST Spacemobile is involved. Lockheed Martin’s partnership with start-up OmniSpace and Canadian satellite operator Telesat’s Lightspeed.

But unlike other companies’ low-Earth orbit focus, Astranis’ approach has a smaller form factor satellite combined with proprietary technology and is placed in geosynchronous orbit, which is the operating location of existing players such as Viasat. . Astranis launched a prototype in 2018 and is now finishing work on its first commercial satellite, which will launch next year and provide service to Alaska.

Gedmark stressed that the world’s “demand for data is effectively unlimited,” creating far greater demand than supply from satellite Internet services. Astranis sees this Andesat deal as “a model that we can replicate across Latin America,” Gedmark said.

“Giving people in these countries their own satellite assets for the first time, and with that comes a huge amount of capacity at very little cost,” Gedmark said.

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