CryptoBuyer, a Bitcoin services startup based in South America, has launched the first Bitcoin node connected to the Blockstream satellite network within Venezuela.
It has been reported that the launch of the node will keep the Bitcoin (BTC) blockchain updated for Venezuela users without being dependent on a local Internet connection.
However, AnibalCripto, a crypto training course provider, deployed the node while CryptoBuyer provided financial and logistical support.
Anibal Garrido, the CEO of AnibalCripto, said:
“Having a 24/7 always-available digital money system independent of local internet infrastructure is now a reality. With this development, we are no longer subject to requirements such as the use of an Internet Service Provider, which may attempt to break the principles of privacy and decentralization that are the foundations of this cypherpunk technology.”
Jorge Farias, the CEO of CryptoBuyer, said that the addition of the node had the ability to offer “real and tangible products that solve real-world problems” in Venezuela. As of 2017, the country had one of the slowest recorded Internet speeds in the world at 2.8 Mbps. Technology that offers internet-free Bitcoin transactions could be quite appealing to crypto users.
“Users can’t afford to be cut off from the Bitcoin network.”
Likewise, Cryptobuyer stated that it would assist in the installation of additional satellite nodes in the capital, Caracas, as well as the southern state of Bolivar state, with the goal of providing all Venezuelans better access to the Bitcoin blockchain. Users within range of the nodes will reportedly be able to connect through local mesh networks.
Venezuela has some of the slowest connectivity rates in the world, leaving many crypto users clamoring for internet-free Bitcoin transactions https://t.co/aevroOpCMK — Cointelegraph (@Cointelegraph) September 29, 2020
It has been analyzed that the Blockstream service, consisting of six geostationary satellites, provides information sharing to crypto users in nearly every corner of the world. The Canada-based blockchain company announced in May that it had upgraded its satellite network that carries the Bitcoin blockchain for the first time since 2018.
Thus, the company stated the technology had “the ability to sync a Bitcoin full node all the way from the genesis block up to today.”