Facebook to satellite sector: We want more partnerships like what we’ve signed with Hispasat, Hughes, Viasat

by Peter B. de Selding

SINGAPORE — Facebook told the satellite sector not to expect the social media giant to play the role of a wealthy global customer but that it will partner with satellite fleet operators trying to extend connectivity to unserved areas.

In the past three months, Facebook as established rural-Wi-Fi partnerships with Spain’s Hispasat fleet operator in Brazil, Hughes Network Systems in Brazil and Mexico, and Viasat Inc. in Mexico.

The arrangements include Facebook co-investment in the deployment of Facebook . . .

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