Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Some Ways to Secure Client's VSAT Outdoor Unit

The pictures below show some ways to securing VSAT outdoor unit of the client.

The first picture depicts a solution of the school to secure its VSAT outdoor unit from any curious student who might touch or move it accidentally or intentionally.

This is one of the best solutions for a crowded places where the VSAT should be installed. Other possible solution is to put the VSAT on top of a building or any stable structure that could hold it firmly.

The second picture depicts a solution that is best for site locations which normally floods during rainy seasons.

One of our clients put his unit on top of the structure where his water tank is setting on.

Other clients use 6 to 10 feet steel pole to extend the height of the VSAT from the ground to secure it from the flood and from any intentional or accidental touching or moving.

Any solution for as long as it won't create blockage of the line-of-sight (LOS) between the VSAT antenna dish and the satellite in the sky, would be acceptable.

After gathering all the needed facts about the site location through site survey and interview, our team could recommend the best solution to securing the VSAT outdoor unit.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

POC OF IPSTAR BROADBAND INTERNET CONNECTIVITY VIA SATELLITE FOR PGMC

Another successful Proof-of-Concept (POC) of IPSTAR broadband Internet connectivity via Thaicom-4 (a.k.a., IPSTAR) satellite for the Philippine Gaming Management Corporation (PGMC).

After about few days of setting up all the needed equipment, such as GPRS, POS equipment of PGMC and the needed routing activities, and the common schedules of all the teams involved (IPSTAR, EDGECOMM, INC. and PGMC teams) finally, the most awaited POC results had been achieved.

As highly anticipated, we had proven to the client that our connectivity solution via satellite will really work.

We are now waiting from PGMC's advise on the schedule of when to start the deployment of the initial 20 plus sites in Luzon area.

Good news, we also had confirmation from our technical team that Coron, Palawan, Philippines is well covered by our IPSTAR satellite spot beams.

So, our concern about other sites in Palawan is now confirmed solved.

If PGMC will win on the bidding from PCSO for the connectivity of the lotto franchise in the Visayas and Mindanao areas, then more sites will be added on the said initial sites, hopefully, starting this year also.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Digital Life Solution for Education

Good news for the education sector of the country covered by Thaicom 4 (a.k.a., IPSTAR) for Thaicom PLC's innovative technological solution is now ready for deployment.

Digital Life product highlight are summarized into three categories, such as Capability, Efficiency and Reliability.

Reliability means that, even if the terrestrial networks fails, Digital Life solution is always connected. Lost contents due to rain will be recovered when rain is gone. It's reliable because of it has OTA support feature.

Digital Life technology solution is efficient and it has a lower risk to congest other Internet services and lower risk to overload VDO/Web servers because VDO contents are stored locally. It's compatible with any Internet applications.

It's capable of the following: On Demand VDO which cause no impact to the Internet speed, watch on preferred contents via mobile devices, support rating and interactives and etc.

IPSTAR MVV

MVV stands for Mobile VSAT Vehicle, and VSAT stands for Very Small Aperture Terminal.

It's one of TC/IPSTAR products that is being marketed in many countries in the the Asia Pacific where Thaicom 4 (a.k.a. IPSTAR) has coverage.

It's the same technology and solution that the Japanese and German donors are going to donate to the Philippine government.

Signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was supposed to happen last April 19, 2017. However, due to an unforeseen event that happened, the scheduled event was moved to another date which has to be announced yet.

IPSTAR MVV is a very important and useful technology which can be used in any event, especially in the area hit by any disaster or calamity, providing connectivity to the people and to the emergency response team.

It can also be useful for any broadcast network team to communicating its headquarters.

Broadcast network staffs in the field could take photos of the situation of the devastated area and then send it to HQ which in turns broadcast it to all its audience.

Alternatively, live video footage of the affected area and the actual situations of the victims could be streamed live to the HQ.

It could provide as high as 74 Mbps download and 12 Mbps upload using 1.8 meter antenna, 2-Watt BUC and an SCPC satellite modem called Romantis with the following details below:

UHP-1R1-SCPC : UHP-1000 DVB-S2 standard SCPC Router (QPSK, 8PSK), also supports STAR Mode.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

IPSTAR POC at the Calasiao I Central School

It's one of the IPSTAR POCs in Pangasinan province and this time at Calasiao I Central School.

It was here that EDGECOMM, INC.'s team gived a detailed presentation of the IPSTAR technology using Gilat SkyEdge II- IP modem and its actual demonstration of how this VSAT system works with Internet connectivity, to more than 100 principals and ICT officers from different schools in Pangasinan province.

After all the POCs in the province of Pangasinan, it took us around half of the year to start commercializing our service.

Fortunately, when it's started, it continued until this time and it has spread to other provinces in the Visayan region. One example is in Masbate, where EDGECOMM, INC. had installed almost a hundred sites for schools under DepEd.

We were surprised when one of the construction companies in Metro Manila has tested our service for about a month, now six of their sites are using our broadband Internet service using IPSTAR broadband satellite.

The owner of this construction company is very satisfied with our service.

Friday, April 21, 2017

IPSTAR POC at SAMPALOC NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL - PANGASINAN

This is one of the five POC sites in the province of Pangasinan where EDGECOMM, INC. was finally convinced of the capability and effectiveness of the IPSTAR technology and it's newly adapted Gilat SkyEge II-IP satellite modem.

The area, where the Sampaloc National High School is located was known to be a dead spot for both major telcos' coverage and everybody who're not familiar with satellite technology, thought that it would be impossible to get Internet connection there.

However, when the VSAT start operating, and the ICT person in-charged in that school start accessing Youtube video contents while everyone was watching, they were amazed at what they had seen, and it was then that EDGECOMM INC., President & CEO had finally decided to proceed with his connectivity business using IPSTAR satellite and Gilat SkyEdge II-IP.

Now, EDGECOMM INC., one of the service provider partners of THAICOM PLC., owner of IPSTAR technology, a satellite operator and telecommunication service provider based in Thailand, starts harvesting the fruits they had planted about three year ago.

So far, they are now providing, operating, managing, maintaining broadband Internet connectivity via IPSTAR broadband satellite using Gilat SkyEdge II-IP for their government and private clients such as, schools under DepEd, Mining, construction, resort and banking industries and many more are lining up waiting for the completion of the current POCs for the potential clients.

If the Philippine government is really serious about solving the digital divide issues in the country, then connectivity via satellite is the most effective, efficient, reliable and secured solution, and the fastest solution that could be deployed.

Economically, if IPSTAR satellite is used, then the cost issues will surely be addressed. It's the cheapest among all the available satellite capacity as of this writing. The main reason behind is that IPSTAR is a broadband satellite with a total capacity of 45Gbps, which is equivalent to about 20 conventional satellites which has a capacity of only 1 to 2 Gbps per satellite.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Connectivity for Banking Industries

In the Philippines, Internet connectivity is a very long-standing problem in every business industry. One of the sectors that is so affected by the problem is the banking industry.

It's so frustrating seeing ATM machines off-line not only in the big business establishments, but even at the airport. It's the very reason why central bank in the Philippines was giving it's directive to this business sector to provide secondary link on its existing connectivity to avoid or minimize this kind of problem - offline due to connectivity issue on its ATM machines.

Now, there's a solution which was proven effective not only in the Philippines, but also to other countries where IPSTAR has a coverage.

In the Philippines, it's used by UnionBank, and this client is very happy for it immediately resume it's service after a typhoon hit Bicol region and devastated the telecommunications infrastructures there.

It's the same technology used by the same bank when typhoon Haiyan (a.k.a. typhoon Yolanda) devastated Tacloban.

The secondary link that banking industries needs to provide should be via satellite, like Thaicom-4, a.k.a., IPSTAR. It has a built-in security features (IPSEC) that will address security issues banking industries are concerned about.