Telebras disables satellite connections after millionaire fine
Luís Osvaldo Grossmann – Digital Convergence
Faced with another unfavorable court decision, Telebras decided to shut down the only four points in the country that were already being served by the defense and communications satellite within the GESAC digital inclusion program. On Wednesday, May 30, it removed VSats antennas in Roraima, in two urban schools, one indigenous and an army post on the border with Venezuela.
“These points were being accepted by the customer until Telebras was notified of the court decision, which suspended the contract with Viasat. From then on, the points remained experimentally active in a border post operated by the Army, which deals daily with the humanitarian situation arising from the social and political conjuncture in Venezuela, ”the state-owned company said in a statement.
According to the company, “the other points experimentally served two municipal schools and another school, aimed at the indigenous community. In all, nearly 1,500 students had come to benefit from high quality internet. ” All part of the GESAC program, which aims to connect 15,000 schools, villages, health centers, etc. in remote areas of the country.
Two days earlier, on May 28, Federal Judge Jaiza Fraxe fired a new acid decision against the state, ordering the deposit in court of $ 5.1 million and delivery of the full contract with the American Viasat, provider of antennas. used for satellite internet connections. And expressly complained about the already connected points of the new GESAC, now assumed by the state.
“Not only was the disregard for the federal justice system, consisting in keeping a document of unquestionable public interest confidential, there is in the case reports that the satellite is fully functioning, generating internet on the border of the state of Roraima,” complained the holder of the 1st Federal Court of Amazonas.
Following is the full note of Telebras:
“Telebras reports that it has deactivated the four connection points of the SGDC in Pacaraima (RR) on the morning of Wednesday (30). The termination of these points, which were operated directly by Telebras, occurred by order of the judge of the 1st Civil Civil Court of the Judicial Section of the State of Amazonas.
Connected on March 29, 2018, these points were under acceptance by the customer until Telebras was notified of the court decision, which suspended the contract with Viasat. From then on, the points remained experimentally active in a border post operated by the Army, which deals daily with the humanitarian situation arising from the social and political conjuncture in Venezuela. The remaining points served experimentally two municipal schools and another school, aimed at the indigenous community. In all, nearly 1,500 students had come to benefit from high quality internet.
These points are part of the GESAC program, which provides services to schools, Basic Health Units (BHUs), border posts, indigenous villages and quilombola communities, totaling 15,000 high-quality, low-cost broadband connections throughout the world. Brazil, whose contractual schedule is for completion by March 2019.
Telebras reinforces that it is ready to immediately, upon judicial release, resume the installation of the connection points of the GESAC program, including those areas considered to be less profitable. We remain available to the Court to provide all clarifications and we trust that current circumstances will be reversed soon. ”
Source: Digital Convergence