An agreement between CNH and satellite company Intelsat provides Case IH, New Holland and Steyr customers in remote areas with access to high-speed internet.

Currently in the final stages of development and testing, the system, which operates via the Satcom satellite communications service, will initially be available to CNH customers in Brazil from the second half of this year.

In Brazil it is believed that just one fifth of the farmland area has high-speed internet access. Globally, it is estimated that less than one third of the world’s surface has mobile network coverage, and the availability will gradually be expanded to North America, Australia, and other regions. The Intelsat satellite terminal (already used by the military and airlines) will be installed by a CNH dealer. The dealer will also provide support the service.

CNH is not the first agricultural equipment manufacturer to offer such a service. Earlier this year John Deere signed a similar agreement with satellite company Space X. This solution, which uses the Starlink satellite network, also allows farmers facing rural connectivity issues to make the best use of precision farming technologies.

To activate it, John Deere dealers will install a Starlink terminal on compatible machines, along with a 4G LTE JDLink modem to connect the machine to the John Deere Operations Center. The SatCom solution will initially be available through a limited release in North America and Brazil starting in the second half of this year.

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