Almost 3.5 m connections for Peru Amazon jungle project
60% of Peru is covered by Amazon rainforest, home to 5% of a 32m population. The country’s remote regions are exceedingly hard to reach with full-fibre connections, making satellite internet essential to closing the digital divide. Recently, Peru’s transport and communications ministry announced its Conecta Selva satellite-based internet initiative had reached almost 3.5 m internet connections in 1,034 localities.
Just 69% of Peru’s population has internet access, according to Statista. The National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI) places this figure even lower, at 45%. The ‘Conecta Selva’ (‘Connect the Jungle’) project, run by national telecommunications fund Pronatel and Telespazio Argentina, provides public institutions with 10Mb/s download and 2Mb/s upload connection speeds free of charge.