Equipment manufacturers — not telecom companies — bring connectivity to farmers in Brazil

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Perhaps a somewhat surprising candidate for enhancing telecommunications, John Deere is currently running a prototype in Brazil that is giving remote and rural farmers the opportunity to use equipment and technology to its fullest.

“This is a first try to get real, good connectivity, and 5G technology, and with broadband,” says Johannes Bosch, in the following interview filmed at Agritechnica at Hanover, Germany.

Bosch says the company is working with local providers and technology partners to offer connectivity, in an autonomous satellite with a battery supply that lasts a day in the field. And, it’s mobile.

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“This is completely transportable with your tractor. You can put it in the hitch, you can put it on the trailer, so you can transport it wherever you want to.”

As for when we’ll see the technology head to Canada and the U.S., Bosch doesn’t say, adding that while the challenge of connectivity is a global problem, it has to be tackled in each individual country due in large part to varied regulations.

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