Satellite Technology Feature Article
SES Signs Deal with Telikom Papua New Guinea
By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor
SES (News - Alert), a world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of 50 geostationary satellites, has signed a new multi-year capacity deal with Telikom Papua New Guinea (Telikom PNG), the country’s incumbent telecommunications operator.
Officials with SES said that the deal involves a renewal of satellite capacity on NSS-9 at 183 degrees East and on NSS-6 at 95 degrees East.
In total, Telikom PNG currently contracts more than 100 MHz in capacity with SES and is one of SES’ largest customers in Papua New Guinea.
Thanks to the renewal, Telikom PNG will be able to continue expanding its cellular services into new regions and provide telephone services over challenging mountainous terrain by providing cellular backhaul between a large number of sites around the country and the capital, Port Moresby.
“NSS-9 deploys state-of-the-art technology and is one of the most powerful satellites in SES’ fleet of 50 satellites, enabling customers like Telikom PNG to optimize their networks to get the maximum throughput to save costs and operate more efficiently,” said Deepak Mathur, senior vice president commercial, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East at SES, in a statement.
“We are delighted to support Telikom PNG’s service expansion to improve connectivity for enterprises, governments and consumers, and contribute further to the development of the telecommunications sector in Papua New Guinea,” said Mathur.
Charles Litau, CEO, Telikom Papua New Guinea, said the new deal will allow the company to provide its customers with connectivity to the most remote locations – the highlands, mining camps and islands of Papua New Guinea.
“We have benefitted from SES’ global expertise and excellent technical and engineering support, and we look forward to further developing our strong partnership by exploring other business opportunities in Papua New Guinea,” said Litau.
Recently, SES announced a new multi-year agreement with one of its largest customers in the Philippines, MediaScape Inc, to provide additional capacity on the SES-7 satellite at the prime orbital location of 108.2 degrees East.
With this capacity expansion MediaScape will utilize transponders on both SES-7 and NSS-11, satellites that are co-located at the same orbital location.
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Edited by Rachel Ramsey