Brazil’s Antarctic Base Hooked Up to the World by Satellite

On Friday, March 17, Brazil’s Antartic research base (Estação Antártica Comandante Ferraz) got connected to the rest of Brazil and the world with a new telecommunications link.

The service, provided by a privately-owned Brazilian firm, Telemar, includes broadband Internet connections, data transfer, voice transmission and a satellite TV hookup.

The Comandante Ferraz base began operating in 1984 and does research on environmental and climatic changes that have global impact.

Minister of Communications, Hélio Costa, said he was pleased the link was provided by a Brazilian firm enabling "data transmission which is secret to remain under Brazilian government control."

"The communications link will improve the quality of life and work at the base. It means things that took months to resolve will be taken care of immediately," explained admiral Jose Eduardo Borges, of the Interministerial Sea Resources Commission, which is run by the Navy which has operational coordination of the Antartic base.

ABr

Tags:

Ads

You May Also Like

Brazil ballot box with question about sales of guns

Brazil’s First Referendum Ever Is Blow to Oligarchy

The holding of the first referendum in the country’s history, on the sale of ...

Bovespa, in São Paulo, Brazil's key stock index

Brazil and China: Two Places Where Stocks Are Jumping Crazy

In its latest issue Money and Markets discusses why Brazil, India, China (three of ...

Follow the Leader

A Lula victory will allow Brazil, in alliance with some of the U.S.’s adversaries, ...

Brazil Wants to Convert Foreign Debt into Education Funds

In July, at a meeting in Spain, Brazil plans to present a proposal to ...

Brazil’s Lula in Paraguay for Mercosur Summit

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is in Assuncion, Paraguay, for the 28th ...

Egyptian Minister Praises Brazil Work at WTO Global Talks

The minister of Industry and Trade of Egypt, Rachid Mohamed Rachid, praised the work ...

United Brazil and South America Depend Less on US and EU, says Lula

On his biweekly radio program, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said today ...

Maharaji Gets Peace Award in Brazil

The Brazilian Association of Community Television Channels has given its highest award to Words ...

BNDES’s Role in Brazil’s Agriculture

The Secretary of Agricultural Policy of the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Ivan Wedekin, was ...

Brazilian astronaut Marcos Cesar Pontes

Brazil’s 20-Million-Dollar Man, Astronaut Pontes

So far the Brazilian government has spent around US$ 10 million on the training ...