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January 21st, 2019

Newtec Provides Solomon Islands ISP with Hub System

Newtec has provided a Newtec Dialog hub system to SATSOL, a teleport and Internet Service Provider (ISP) on the Solomon Islands.

The Newtec Dialog platform will deliver IP connectivity for the Solomon Islands government, with a single hop service from remote islands to the capital, Honiara. SATSOL is currently rolling out the remote sites, initially in ten provincial hub locations. The education system will also benefit as the improved provincial network will be extended to secondary schools.

As one of Solomon Islands’ three Internet Service Providers (ISPs), SATSOL currently provides approximately 20 percent of the country’s internet bandwidth. The company owns and operates the highest teleport in Guadalcanal, overlooking the capital city of Honiara, and has built the largest wireless ISP (WISP) network in the country.

The Solomon Islands comprises six major islands and more than 900 smaller islands in Oceania. This can present challenges in the provision of internet connectivity as terrestrial technologies cannot reach remote islands and are cost-prohibitive to install. The government has acknowledged the need to improve internet and overall ICT provision to the population of the Islands. The nation's National Development Strategy, which covers a 20 year period from 2016 to 2035, places great emphasis on the ways in which Internet access can contribute to socio-economic development.

Newtec Mx-DMA is the return technology used by Newtec Dialog. This incorporates the best features of MF-TDMA and SCPC technologies and, at the same time, solves the difficult decision of selecting one or the other. Mx-DMA automatically adjusts the frequency plan, symbol rate, modulation, coding and power in real-time for every terminal in the satellite network according to the bandwidth demands and varying link conditions, such as rain fade.

Executive Comments

Antony Ferris, CEO at SATSOL, said the company is a locally owned company and knows how important it is to stay connected to the rest of the world and the impact that this can have on quality of life and the economy. The installation of Newtec Dialog has enabled the company to replace a double hop link with just a single hop. Newtec’s Mx-DMA technology has enabled the firm to optimize bandwidth usage and to transform the overall user experience in a cost-effective way.

Richard Walshe, Newtec Regional Sales Director for the Pacific, added that as SATSOL looks to increase internet penetration across the country, the Newtec Dialog platform can ensure efficient use of bandwidth, cost-effectiveness and scalability, so that the number of remote sites can expand as required.