The operators Claro, Oi, TIM and Vivo started providing mobile internet packages to students from the state public network of Rio Grande do Sul. Access is only allowed for the teaching platform Google Classroom (Classroom), adopted for classes during the new coronavirus pandemic. With the measure, the government hopes to take distance learning to around 100 thousand students who still do not use the remote education tool.
The cost of the connection will be covered by the legislative branch, which will transfer R $ 450 thousand per month for operators to provide internet for distance learning with speeds of 50 Mb / s. In addition, the State Department of Education has repaired about 5,000 netbooks, which will be loaned to teachers and students.
According to Gaucho, the state network has 800 thousand students; about 15 thousand students use the internet spontaneously and 655 thousand have already enrolled in Google Classroom. About 100 thousand are still far from the online environment, and the state estimates that between 50 thousand and 60 thousand children have not developed any activity, even in the traditional teaching format.
Even with the free offer of mobile internet, the government believes that some students will never be able to access online platforms, such as those who live in places where there is a lack of cellular signal. In this case, activities will be provided on sheets of paper, books and notebooks.
To have free internet access, students must access the EscolaRS application on their cell phones. The same login is used for Google Classroom; if it is not possible to access the service or recover the password, it is necessary to go personally to the school office and request to update the registration data.
Rio Grande do Sul has 4G in 96% of the municipalities
4G technology is present in 474 of the 497 municipalities in Rio Grande do Sul and reaches 99.5% of the urban population. Vivo has the largest coverage, with 393 locations, followed by TIM (261), Claro (255) and Oi (80). According to Anatel, the state has 12.6 million mobile lines, and about 69.3% of the devices are suitable for the fourth generation.
The provision of mobile internet is important because the fixed broadband service reaches only 2.4 million customers. Most access is made by small internet providers. Optical fiber is the most popular technology in Rio Grande do Sul and accounts for 35.4% of modems, followed by coaxial cable (27.2%) and metallic pair (21%).