Press Release

Movistar Chile inaugurates fiber, 5G and launches robotics workshops at a school in Puerto Natales

Bnamericas Published: Friday, October 14, 2022

This is a machine translation of Movistar Chile's press release, originally in Spanish

Puerto Natales, October 14, 2022.- With the aim of reducing the connectivity gap and increasing digital skills in Puerto Natales, the Coronel Santiago Bueras Municipal School, located in Puerto Natales, Magallanes Region, began learning workshops of digital tools, taught by the Fundación Telefónica Movistar Campus.

The activity was led by the person in charge of projects of the Presidential Delegation of the Province of Última Esperanza, Sergio Ruíz; the director of the School, Pablo Torres; the president of Movistar Chile, Roberto Muñoz, and the manager of Fundación Telefónica Movistar, Angélica Alarcón.

Roberto Muñoz, president of Movistar Chile, commented that: “This new milestone in Puerto Natales demonstrates our commitment to promoting new skills and reducing the digital divide. In addition, it joins what has been developed in Porvenir, the southernmost area of the country with these technologies. Thus, our project continues to connect southern areas, through fiber optics and 5G, and providing digital training hand in hand with our Fundación Telefónica Movistar, which has allowed us to benefit more than two million people throughout Chile.”

Pablo Torres Barrientos, director of the Colonel Santiago Bueras School, comments that "it is an opening of doors for our students, we had two computers for seventh and eighth grade. Now, despite being at the end of the country they will be able to be connected, which is becomes a motivation for them".

"We are accompanying a process where technology is accelerating access to more and better opportunities, opportunities such as those that provide digital languages or robotics. And along with providing training for these skills, we also want this new reality to be safe, so that, as in hundreds of other communes in the country, we will carry out permanent accompaniment in cybersecurity". Olga Alarcón, manager of Fundación Telefónica Movistar, pointed out.

In the instance, it was announced that the establishment already has free fiber optic connectivity and 5G coverage, which will allow its 320 students, together with the educational community, to access quality internet, high speed and stability, which which also impacts on an improvement in the quality of life, daily tasks and digital skills.

Robotics workshops connected to fiber and 5G.

The project promoted by Movistar together with its Foundation, allowed the development of a robotics workshop, which sought to introduce children to the world of programming and robotics.

Each student had the opportunity to build their own robot, with tools and advice from specialists, through distance classes that were not affected, thanks to the stability of the connection delivered to the school.

It should be noted that fiber optics currently provides connectivity to more than 11,000 homes in Puerto Natales, while 5G provides coverage to more than 2,000 people.

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