Viasat Strengthens Commitment to Bring Digital Inclusion to Mexico; Begins Installation of Free Satellite Internet Wi-Fi at 75 Government-Selected Sites
MEXICO CITY, April 24, 2019 – Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global communications company, today announced it is bringing high-speed, high-quality connectivity to more people across Mexico by setting up 75 government selected sites with free Wi-Fi access using its high-speed satellite internet service. Sites have been pre-selected by the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT) of Mexico, and include schools, libraries, health clinics and other institutional locations that can help promote local e-commerce and the Mexican economy.
Viasat began to install the free Wi-Fi service in early April 2019, with sites already connected in Agua Azul (Lázaro Cárdenas, Quintana Roo), Nuevo Tesoco (Tizimín, Yucatán) and other communities across the region. The plan is to have all 75 sites connected within the next few months.
To celebrate the roll-out of this initiative, Viasat will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony with special local government officials in attendance. Details of the event include:
DATE: Saturday, April 27, 2019
TIME: 10:00 am CDT
LOCATION: Dimas Sansores – a local school in Agua Azul (Lázaro Cárdenas, Quintana Roo)—one of the first locations Viasat has connected under this initiative
Kevin Cohen, Viasat’s managing director, Global Community Wi-Fi commented, “There are too many critical government, educational, healthcare and business locations across Mexico that are still offline as the communities they are based in are internet-deprived due to the lack of mobile or fixed broadband coverage. At Viasat, we’re working to change that. With this program, we are proud to bring high-quality internet access to help more students, doctors, entrepreneurs and others to create new opportunities and economic value for Mexico.”
How it works
The Viasat satellite internet service is the highest-speed satellite broadband service in Mexico. Set-up of the service is straightforward: a satellite internet modem connects to the satellite dish on the outside of the government institution via a coaxial cable and then uses a Wi-Fi access point inside the building to extend the Viasat internet service among multiple connected devices. To gain access, users simply connect to the internet service through the Viasat portal.
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This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements include statements that refer to the planned expansion of the Viasat internet service in Mexico and the potential roll-out of the satellite internet service to add value to the local Mexican economy. Readers are cautioned that actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include: contractual problems, product defects, manufacturing issues or delays, regulatory issues, technologies that do not perform according to expectations, and increased competition and other factors. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in Viasat’s SEC filings available at www.sec.gov, including Viasat’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. Viasat undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.
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