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PT&T collaborates with Singaporean firm for ‘high-speed’ satellite internet

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PT&T Corp., a diversified telecommunications company, has collaborated with Kacific Broadband Satellites Ltd., a Singapore-based next-generation broadband satellite operator, to provide high-speed internet to unserved areas.

“This further demonstrates our commitment to enable Filipinos everywhere to enrich their lives and connect communities,” PT&T Senior Vice-President Ella Mae Ortega said in an e-mailed statement over the weekend.

The partnership allows the company to offer high-speed satellite internet at a more economical cost than other very small aperture terminal (VSAT) product.

“As the new normal calls for people to follow social distancing and lockdown protocols, the need for reliable internet that is efficient and sustainable has never been timelier and more important, especially in the remote areas,” Ortega said.

While PT&T intends to expand its fiber presence nationwide in order to meet growing demand and reach more Filipinos, the company also stated that it recognizes the importance of VSAT in providing fast and reliable internet to unserved and underserved businesses and sectors that cannot be reached by any wired infrastructure.

Kacific’s high-throughput Ka-band satellite Kacific1, which spans the Asia Pacific region, powers PT&T’s broadband satellite internet services.

“We are pleased to partner with PT&T in the Philippines, harnessing our existing services and infrastructure to fulfil the growing demand for connectivity. Demand for work-from-home arrangements, e-learning, as well as telehealth services, have all escalated during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Kacific chief commercial officer Brandon Seir said.

VSATs, which are small, roof-mounted dishes that transmit and receive data, voice, and video signals over a satellite communication network, receive the satellite’s beams.

“The satellite’s beams are received by VSATs, which are small, roof-mounted dishes that transmit and receive data, voice, and video signals over a satellite communication network,” it noted.

When compared to other bands, the Ka-band satellite provides high-throughput beams rather than wide-area beams, allowing it to transmit more data over the same bandwidth.

“Ka-band technology is designed specifically to provide reliable, high-speed broadband internet to rural and remote populations through concentrated spot beams and simple easy-to-install onsite 1.2m antennas which is cheaper than larger dishes of other VSAT technologies,” it added.

In late 2018, PT&T officially exited a court-supervised corporate rehabilitation and has since pursued plans to expand and transform into a digital services provider.

Its current business activities are divided into two major segments: connectivity and IT services.

The company has a network reach of 22,800 fiber kilometers in high-growth areas, which covers nearly 40% of the Philippine population.

It has a 25-year national legislative franchise that allows it to build, operate, and maintain wired and wireless telecommunications systems for domestic and international communication.

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