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Brazil launches satellite that will democratise broadband access

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With an investment of R$ 2 billion and launched from the Kourou Space Centre in the French Guiana, satellite will be put to civil and military use
published: May 04, 2017 12:00 AM last modified: May 20, 2017 05:25 PM
Beto Barata/PR President followed the launch accompanied by ministers and military personnel

President followed the launch accompanied by ministers and military personnel

This Thursday (4), the President of the Republic Michel Temer, stated that the launch of the Geostationary Defence and Strategic Communications Satellite (SGDC) will democratise digital technology in Brazil, allowing access to broadband connections throughout the country.

After over R$ 2.7 billion in investment by the federal government, between the Ministries of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication (MCTIC) and Defence, the satellite was launched into space tonight.

The satellite weighs almost 6 tons, is 5 metres tall and will be positioned 36 thousand kilometres away from the Earth's surface, covering the entire Brazilian territory and Atlantic Ocean.

"We're going to democratise the digital phenomenon in our country, since broadband will reach all corners of our nation," said Temer in announcement made to journalists following the launch at the Aerospace Operations Command Centre (COMAE), in Brasilia.

Launched from the Kourou Space Centre in the French Guiana, the SGDC will be put to civil and military use. In addition to broadband, information involving the defence and government areas may be processed using band X.

"In other words, whoever is in the Amazon or in the other side of the country may have broadband access and thus, as I said, democratising the digital system in our country," he added. “I think it's a great moment for our government, naturally, for the Brazilian state and people," said the president.