Brazil’s satellite operators protest Telebras-ViaSat deal, demand contract transparency

by Peter B. de Selding

WASHINGTON — As many as four separate satellite fleet operators already active in Brazil plan to protest the award of a broadband partnership contract to ViaSat Inc. by Brazil’s state-owned Telebras telecommunications company, industry officials said.

For now, the companies — including Hispasat, Telesat Canada, Yahsat, Star One and Hughes Network Systems — appear to be in information-gathering mode as they try to understand what happened.

Acting on behalf of Brazil’s Sindisat — the National Union of Telecommunications Companies — these operators wrote Telebras on March 12 demanding disclosure of . . .

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