By Sivakumar Sandrasegaram, Group Leader, Product Engineering VSAT, Optus Wholesale and Satellite, and Alvaro Sanchez, Sales and Marketing Manager, Integrasys.
Today many countries select satellite for their rural connectivity needs, and for good reason. Satellite brings reliable connectivity with widespread availability, high performance, and lower cost.
For rural communities, connectivity is essential to allow the same opportunities as is available those in urban communities, whether participating in online learning or searching for a new job, to name just a couple of examples.
Connectivity can help lead to a better overall quality of life, as well as allowing families to connect across the miles, to stay current with news and weather alerts and to enjoy more entertainment variety.
As the second largest telecommunications company in Australia, Optus has a mission to connect the unconnected and to enable rural communities access to communications via satellite, with the most reliable availability and fair cost.
Recently, Optus was contracted to supply capacity to one of Integrasys’ wholesale channel partners to enable autonomous migration and rollout of 2,100 sites in rural communities scattered across New Zealand. With the support of iDirect technology, Satmotion Pocket, and Integrasys, all provided the wholesaler the ability to seamlessly and successfully accomplish this task in a short timeframe. In an area as large and diverse as New Zealand, streamlining the deployment of the remotes, from the initial antenna pointing to calibration and commissioning of remotes, is critical. Satmotion made it possible for VSAT installers to autonomously get remotes into the network quickly and cost effectively. Continue>