The UAE-based satellite broadband Internet service provider, Yashat has launched its ka-band satellite broadband services in Brazil. The arrival of the ka-band satellite services should help address the country’s shortage of reliable Internet which mainly relies on terrestrial connectivity. Yahsat Yashat’s CEO, Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, commented that the launch in Brazil is part of their goal to bring Yahsat’s services to rural and underserved areas around the world. This is supported by satellites, and backed by trusted local service partners.
The need for people to gain access to ICT resources and narrow the digital divide is crucial, and is especially relevant now in the light of the Sustainable Development Goals. It is also important to understand how access to the Internet affects the level of economic and social development in a country.
Internet access is growing rapidly, yet large groups of people remain unconnected to the Internet. As of 2015, about 43% of people had access to the Internet (in developing countries only 34%). Access to ICTs is part of the Sustainable Development Agenda, which commits to ‘significantly increase access to ICTs and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020’ (Goal 9.c).
The impact of the Internet on businesses and the global economy has been crucial in shaping new economic models, and at the same time, raising new concerns.
The Internet is one of the primary drivers of economic growth, which is visible in many countries that have placed the development of ICT as one of the primary tools for boosting the economy.