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May 13th, 2019

SES Networks Restores Broadband Services to Papua New Guinea Following 7.2 Earthquake

Mobile networks and broadband internet access for corporate and consumer customers operated by PNG DataCo have been restored by SES Networks following a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck near the town of Bulolo, Papua New Guinea, in the early morning hours of May 7, 2019, SES announced today.

Connectivity for DataCo customers was disrupted due to damage caused to critical nodes of terrestrial and subsea transmission infrastructures between Port Moresby and Madang following the earthquake. Contingency teams from SES Networks used an additional O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) beam to deliver an extra 1.5 Gbps of low-latency IP Transit service to ease network congestion on DataCo’s damaged primary link. The additional bandwidth was made available within hours of receiving a request from DataCo.

SES Networks and PNG DataCo restore connectivity to Earthquake-stricken Papua New Guinea Photo is courtesy of Business Wire.

Imran Malik Khan, VP, Global Fixed Data Sales of SES Networks, said that together with DataCo, the company is glad that connectivity has been restored swiftly to enable communications and critical disaster recovery services in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake. SES recognises the importance of communications services in the event of natural disasters to facilitate quicker information transfer between families and communities, as well as to coordinate recovery and search-and-rescue operations. The firm's thoughts are with the affected communities, and we offer our well wishes.”

Paul Komboi, Managing Director of DataCoI, said it is the duty of the company to provide the essential communications links for customers to connect with their loved ones and facilitate critical business and operational activities. The firm is glad that SES’s O3b MEO satellites has provided the company and  customers with a reliable, high-throughput and low-latency solution in this time of need. The fact that connectivity services were restored in the shortest possible time at critical areas where the firm's primary linkages were down has greatly helped the local communities, businesses and organisations.