Project aims to connect rural market segments without Internet access in the country
NorthTelecom has entered into an agreement with a Philippines-based Public Telecommunications Entity (PTE) to supply satellite ground hardware, space segment capacity and Internet bandwidth for the Philippine rural market, especially the unserved and underserved areas.
The capacity requirement for the three-year project is estimated to be around 1.5 to two transponders and the number of remote terminals is expected to reach 1,000 units by the end of the period.
The primary objective of the project, revealed NorthTelecom, is to connect the rural market segments without Internet access, including local government units (LGUs), academe, business establishments and the general public.
Calling the roll-out “one of the largest” to take place in the Philippines for VSAT, Richard Alwani, senior sales director, Asia & Pacific, NorthTelecom, said: “This partnership will bring technology to people who have yet to experience an always-on access to the Internet and give them the ability to keep abreast with their friends and families throughout the world.”
Ground equipment technology from NorthTelecom’s vendor/partner will be used in the project, where teleports in Singapore and Malaysia will serve the Philippines market. The provision of a special hub to provide large-scale virtual private network (VPN) requirements is also under consideration, as NorthTelecom looks to address the digital gap in one of the fastest-growing markets in Asia.
Mahdi Mehrabi, CTO and managing director, Asia & Pacific, NorthTelecom, explained: “Due to geographical constraints, there are still areas [in the Philippines] which can only be reached via satellite connectivity. As an archipelago of about 7,100 islands, with natural geographical barriers, the Philippines will always have uses or applications for a satellite network since many areas will remain beyond the economic reach of the terrestrial backbones now in place.’’