Stel brings fixed wireless broadband network to Maipú

Friday, September 3, 2010

Communications firm Stel Chile has deployed a fixed wireless broadband network with high transmission capacity for fixed telephony and internet to the Maipú district of capital Santiago, the company said in a statement.

The company has installed a network of 249 nodes about 500m apart. Silicon Valley-based WiFi equipment manufacturer Ruckus Wireless provided the network.

Stel's objective is to bring services to 30,000 of the 140,000 homes in the district over the next two years, focusing on the low-income segment.

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The community will benefit from 200 free broadband connections to high-achieving students from low-income families in a wireless community project which forms part of the government's goal to bring internet penetration up from 40% to 80%.

The company will also connect 27 schools and 24 kindergartens free of charge.

Currently 61% of homes in the district do not have access to internet of any kind, Stel noted.