The Republic of Guatemala is located in Central America bordering Mexico, the Pacific Ocean, Belize, the Caribbean, Honduras and El Salvador. It is the most populated state in Central America with just over 17 million inhabitants. The country is mountainous, with some patches of desert and its major cities are located either in the highlands of the country or around the Pacific coast. Guatemala’s location leaves it prone to natural disasters such as storms and hurricanes, the latest of which was storm Agatha which hit in 2010 and took the lives of 200 people. Guatemala is also located on the Montagua Fault line which is an active earthquake zone and it is home to 37 volcanoes, of which four are active.
As the largest economy in Central America, Guatemala is facing challenges and investment in the country is desirable. There has been some economic growth in recent years. Its main exports are fruits, vegetables, flowers, handicrafts and cloth and also palm oil and sugarcane which are used as raw materials for biofuels. Tourism is also becoming a more integral part of the economy and Guatemala attracts around 2 million tourists per year and an increasing amount of cruise ships. There is a great deal of interest in the Mayan culture and there still exist some impressive archaeological sites such as Tikal in the Peten and Iximche in Tecpan.
Satellite Internet Service in Guatemala
When it comes to communications infrastructure across Guatemala, there is need for improvement. Due to a lack of fixed line penetration, there has been widespread adoption of mobile voice and data services. Particular attention must be given to rural areas, where little or no infrastructure exists at present. In its country profile from 2017, International Telecommunication Union found that fixed telephone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants stood at 14.6 people, whereas mobile broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants stood at 118.2 people. It also found that 20.5% of households had Internet access at home and 34.5% of individuals were using the Internet. There is much room for improvement.
Satellite-based solutions can drastically improve Guatemalan’s access to Internet and communications services – overnight. BusinessCom Networks has extensive experience in the design, installation and operation of cost-effective VSAT networks that can provide high speed Internet access across the country, wherever it is needed. There is a particular challenge for Guatemalans in terms of accessing these services in remote rural areas. BusinessCom can enable local providers to tap into this market with a tailored service operating in C- or Ku-band meeting the requirements of the climactic conditions. BusinessCom also offers mobile operators the opportunity to take their networks to rural areas through our rural mobile network solution or using cellular backhaul which is an extremely cost-effective means of taking mobile connectivity to isolated regions. BusinessCom also provides a wealth of solutions for other sectors such as enterprise, government and maritime and solutions that can provide life-enhancing applications such as telemedicine, e-education, e-money and government service access.
The difference that voice and data access via satellite can make to Guatemalans is limitless. It is a cost-effective and simple means of taking networks out to places that have never experienced them before and changing lives for the better. Our knowledgeable, helpful staff are on hand to help you to find the perfect solution for your requirements.
Key differentiators of BusinessCom VSAT services in Guatemala are:
- Broadband Internet access
- Toll quality VoIP and Videoconferencing with CIR
- Reliable SLA through FDMA and D-TDMA
- Star, Mesh and hybrid Star/Mesh topology networks
- Full support of accelerated VPN, CITRIX, ERM and other business applications
- Highly secure operation with optional AES embedded encryption
- Global C-Band coverage and sub-Sahara Ku-Band
- Landing at top tier redundant IP facilities in Western Europe and United States
- Sentinel-based QoS, bandwidth management and optimization platform