Amazon and Vrio Corporation, the parent company of Directv Latin America and Sky Brazil, have launched a series of satellites to provide internet connectivity to seven underserved South American countries. 

The network will provide internet access to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia. 

Approximately 383 million people live in the areas that Amazon and Vrio’s satellites will provide connectivity to, including a large percentage of people who were previously completely unconnected to the internet. 

Providing internet connectivity via satellite is often faster and easier than using traditional methods such as fiber optics or fixed wireless, both of which require large amounts of infrastructure to be built. 

“We are concerned with bridging the technology gap and even more so the digital divide for our future generations. And the time is now,” stated Vrio’s president, Darío Werthein. 

“Providing internet access across the region ensures the development of communities; and that is a commitment for our company. We look forward to bringing the benefits of affordable internet access and connectivity to more communities to reach further with a service that will revolutionise the way people connect,” Werthein said. 

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Amazon and Vrio hope the service go online in 2025, with Argentina being the first country to receive connectivity. 

“There are hundreds of millions of households around the world that don’t have access to reliable broadband internet, which means they can’t take part in things that we can take for granted,” stated Amazon’s senior VP for devices and services, Panos Panay. 

“Working with Vrio to bring affordable access to broadband means we can enable so many more people to create, connect, and learn in new ways,” added Panay.  

Starlink is currently available in most South American countries except Bolivia, Suriname and Guyana where its service will become available in 2024.