A free satellite phone for Sardegnians in Brazil has been launched in the country’s capital, Brasilia, as part of an initiative to make it easier for families to get online and access services.
The satellite phone, called SANDU, is an online service designed for families with limited means who want to use it as a backup phone or to share the cost of a monthly Internet bill.
It is a new service launched by the state-owned Brazilian Mobile Telecommunications Authority (BMA), which aims to bring broadband and video calling to the poorest areas of Brazil.
Sardegnas are the poorest section of Brazil’s population.
According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), about a quarter of Brazilians live in households that can’t afford a phone and the other quarter are in households where the cost is less than the cost to get a mobile phone.
The government is pushing for the launch of SANDUs, as the countrys second largest telecom company, to provide the free service.SARDegnas receive about 40 percent of their monthly salaries from the state.
The government estimates that the launch will allow at least 20 million families to connect to a free phone service, which it says will make communication more affordable for the poorest people.
Brazil has about 300 million smartphone users, but only about a fifth of the country has access to a mobile network.
The launch of the SANDu service has been billed as a way to help the country to attract more businesses to the area, and also to create jobs.
The mobile operator says it hopes to attract 300,000 jobs by the end of the year.
According to the president of the BMA, Fernando Pereira, Brazil is still a country that does not have a free Internet, or phone service.
But it has been able to improve access to services for many Brazilian families, and has succeeded in bringing them online.
Pereira says Brazilis internet penetration is the third highest in the world, and that the government is now looking to bring that level of internet to the country.
“We have to do more to make sure that the internet is available for everyone, not just the wealthy and powerful,” Pereira told the AFP news agency.
Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff also announced that the BAMA is working on a plan to launch another free satellite service, called BRAS, which will also be available for Brazilians.