SES and Vodafone PNG to provide 4G and 5G services to underserved areas of Papua New Guinea – SatNews

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With over 86% of its population residing in rural areas, much of PNG’s population is still underserved despite an increase in nationwide internet penetration to 15% and mobile connections to 34% in January 2021..

Digitec Communications Limited (t/a Vodafone PNG) and HSE have partnered to provide 4G and 5G mobile broadband services to Papua New Guinea (PNG). The two companies announced that the reliable high-speed data service will be delivered via SES’s O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellite constellation, which will open up more economic opportunities and bridge the digital divide in the world’s second-largest island. world. Under this partnership, the O3b MEO satellite constellation will provide Digitec with mobile broadband backhaul services for 5 sites in PNG.

With over 86% of its population residing in rural areas, much of PNG’s population is still underserved despite an increase in nationwide internet penetration to 15% and mobile connections to 34% in January 2021.1. Having launched its services in April, Vodafone is PNG’s third largest and newest mobile operator. Its entry into the PNG telecommunications market responds to consumer and business demand for reliable broadband connectivity and high-speed Internet access.

The connectivity brought by the O3b MEO satellite constellation is not new to PNG as it has been used by other mobile operators and internet service providers in the country since 2014. During the 2018 APEC summit, he also helped with connectivity needs when PNG hosted that event. SES’ O3b system is the world’s only commercially successful non-geostationary satellite system and provides high-performance, low-latency connectivity worldwide. Fiber-like speeds make it possible to deliver cloud computing applications and services to bridge the digital divide, while connecting communities and industries no matter how remote the location.

“Papua New Guinea’s mobile and internet market has huge potential for growth, but this has been hampered by geographic challenges, limited speed and connectivity choices. We are delighted to partner with SES to provide reliable mobile broadband connectivity up to 5G speeds delivered through their MEO satellites. This connectivity will allow more people here to fully embrace the digital age,” said Ivan Fong, Director of Vodafone PNG.

“With our O3b constellation, we have been connecting communities and industries around the world for nearly a decade, positively impacting their lives and businesses. Our partnership with Digitec provides customers with a reliable, high throughput, low latency solution, underscoring the value of our unique satellite connectivity. We are proud to not only be a catalyst for Digitec’s plans to bring more services and opportunities to the people of Papua New Guinea, but also to serve as the backbone for fuller participation in the era and greater digital inclusion,” said John Turnbull, Vice President Pacific, Networks Sales at SES.

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