As of today, the municipality of Magaña will be able to connect to the digital world after having won Hispasat’s #enREDatupueblo contest. The locality will be awarded satellite connection enabling them free access to the Internet for one year at 30 Mbps.
Over the last few weeks the Spanish satellite communications operator, in collaboration with Quantis, a satellite subsidiary of the Eurona Group, has installed 43 antennas in the towns Magaña, Pobar and Villarraso, which form part of the municipality, in order to provide satellite Internet services to residents and public institutions, such as the Town Hall, the health centre, as well as some of the businesses established in the municipality.
As a complement to these terminals for private use, HISPASAT and Quantis have installed three open access Wi-Fi points: one in Magaña, one in Pobar and one in Villarraso, thus covering all the population centres that make up the municipality. Furthermore, a second Wi-Fi point will be established in Magaña over the next few days in a location that has yet to be decided by the Town Hall.
Carlos Espinós, CEO at HISPASAT, stated: "We are very happy to be able to provide Magaña with connectivity, ensuring access to all the benefits shared by the information society. We believe that Internet connection will provide the town numerous opportunities and allow them to grow and develop".
Magaña, a small municipality of 79 inhabitants located in the Tierras Altas region in the north-east of the province of Soria, won the contest thanks to the votes of social network users and the people who visited the Conéctate project website. They obtained a total of 1,835 votes as compared to the two other finalists, Valle de Manzanedo and Aracena, which both received fewer than 900 votes.
The Mayor, Fernando Marín, stated: "The inauguration of satellite connectivity is a very important milestone for us. Having the Internet as of today will come as a big change in the lives of the inhabitants of Magaña, both for individuals and businesses, where Internet connection will mark a before and an after and open an endless amount of possibilities for the municipality."
The Town Council of Magaña entered the contest with a video explaining the improvements satellite connectivity would bring to different aspects of their lives and future activities in the municipality, if they won the prize. See "Un año después en Magaña" (“A year later in Magaña”) at: http://hispasatconectate.es/maganaparticipacionenredatupueblo/.
Twenty-five towns in Spain entered the contest, the aim of which was making known the solution satellite connectivity offers to the problem of digital disconnection in remote or sparsely populated regions. Thanks to its high capacity, universal coverage and rapid deployment, satellite technology is an optimal complement to terrestrial networks in order to provide broadband connectivity to areas that lack other alternatives under comparable quality and price conditions.