Broadband in the world: satellite against digital divide in Canada

Rural broadband provider Xplornet holds the promise of narrowing Canada's rural-urban digital divide.

Broadband in the world: satellite against digital divide in Canada

The EchoStar XVII, a 4G (fourth-generation) high-speed broadband satellite, was thrust into space by the Ariane 5 rocket after blasting off from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, at 5:36 p.m. ET. The satellite, which has a total wingspan of nearly 40 metres, will spend the next several days fanning out its solar panels after achieving its desired orbit above North America at an altitude of 35,786 kilometres above sea level.

Rural broadband provider Xplornet hopes to reach 2 million customers via purchase of 100% of EchoStar satellite’s capacity. This next-generation satellite features technology capable of providing high-speed Internet service to households and businesses in some of the most remote stretches of Canada at prices comparable to those offered in urban areas.

Read more on: Total Telecom

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