Viasat Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT), a global communications company based in Carlsbad, said on April 9 it will offer a satellite-enabled Wi-Fi hotspot service — known as “Community Wi-Fi” — to nearly all of Mexico.
The new service will bring an affordable Wi-Fi experience directly to consumers’ devices, where historically internet service was unavailable or unusable and can be deployed with minimal local infrastructure investment, according to a news release.
“By leveraging our ViaSat-2 satellite system’s low-cost capacity and higher speeds coupled with our Wi-Fi service expertise, we can deliver a high-quality internet experience — at affordable end-user prices — to millions of unconnected people living in both developed and emerging markets,” said Kevin Cohen, general manager, Consumer Broadband, Viasat Mexico and Central America.
Viasat has been conducting “Community Wi-Fi” trials at nearly 500 sites throughout Northern Mexico since April 2016.
In 2014, Viasat acquired NetNearU, a managed Wi-Fi provider, which had successfully managed 14 million hotspots as well as operated a managed hotspot network in nearly 30 countries.
Viasat launched its commercial service in Mexico with Grupo Prosperist, a local telecommunications and technology service provider.