December 19, 2014
After the launch, in 2008, of the Simón Bolívar Satellite, more than 9,400 communities, research centers and institutions in the country, located in remote and border areas, are connected to the telecommunications service. Places like San Martín de Turumbán, in the Bolívar state; Macho Capaz, in Mérida and El Carmen, in Táchira, today they connect to the Internet and have telephone services
The work to connect the remote locations to the Simón Bolívar satellite is arduous. A note from the Compañía Anónima Nacional Telefonos de Venezuela (Cantv) indicates that company groups in each state comply with the plan to go to rural areas and install the antennas that, connected to the satellite, provide telephone and internet services.
The note describes that in chalanas (indigenous boats used in southern Venezuela), boats, rustic vehicles and even helicopters, they are used to reach the border, intricate, remote, mountainous and jungle areas of the country.
With these antennas, an approximate 205 thousand computers are connected to the Internet, which benefits about 7.7 million Venezuelans, who reside or work in places where no other type of wired and wireless connection existed.
Mobile phone services also reach communities with the Simón Bolívar Satellite. Seven base stations have already been installed in islands and communities to facilitate calls and search for content over the Internet.
In San Martín de Turumbán in Bolívar state; Capaz Macho, in the state of Mérida; El Carmen, in the state of Táchira; Crucero de Aparicio, in the Monagas state; Las Mesitas, in Trujillo state; and La Tortuga, an island that belongs to the Federal Dependencies, are the first cells installed to offer access to mobile telephony. For the year 2015 it is expected to connect 30 more stations in different parts of the Venezuelan territory, the note refers.
With this program, four New Generation Nodes (NGN) were also connected in remote areas, where it is not possible to access by wire, and where now the inhabitants of those areas have fixed telephony and Internet access.
The installation of the antennas connected to the satellite has the following distribution: 5,619 in education, 1,711 in health, 346 in food, 538 in community, 87 in energy and oil, 646 in Infocentros, 223 in security and defense and 328 in other sectors.
Among the most remote areas that were connected during 2014, and where no type of telecommunications service reached, the Fe y Alegría JM Vélaz Basic Agricultural School, in the state of Barinas, stands out; the Santa Rita de Morano Educational Unit, in Bolívar state and Mercal headquarters in Los Guayos, in Delta Amacuro state.
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