Sunday, June 4, 2017


It's one of the IPSTAR SNG demo unit that I had seen at Thaicom's HQ in Thailand.

The second picture below shows the details of what's inside.

Basically, it contains the encoder, decoder, modulator, old type of IPSTAR modem for broadband applications - video streaming.

This time, IPSTAR sales guys usually recommend to their clients to use SkyEdge II - IP modem for a much better performance for their streaming applications.

For broadcast applications, Ericsson brand for encoder, decoder, modulator, etc. are recommended to the clients.

IPSTAR technical guys in coordination with other suppliers of other brands for SNG equipment were also doing POC to find out whether or not their product is working perfectly with IPSTAR satellite technology.

Everyone is hoping that the POC results were positive so these other brands could also be recommended to their clients for the cost of it is much better than Ericsson.

Saturday, May 20, 2017


This is one of the VSAT solutions IPSTAR team had installed in Tacloban through its service partner - AZComm.

It's a solar powered IPSTAR VSAT which was the only possible solution that time right after typhoon Haiyan (a.k.a. typhoon Yolanda) devastated Tacloban.

It helped Eastern Visayas State University in its IP based communications in and out of Tacloban via the Internet through IPSTAR broadband satellite.

The other photo below is a closer look of a similar set-up but in another area and using a smaller antenna size -0.84 meter.

Both of the set-ups provided a very stable, reliable, efficient and fast Internet connection.

This is the solution that could also be offered to the remote areas where there's no Internet and power supply.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Connectivity Problem in the Philippines

The Philippine Government is now very determined to address this very long standing problem that the country had been and still suffering of until this moment.

By the end of this month, May, 2017, there would be an opening of bids initiated by DICT. Just hoping that this new people of this department will think prudently when deciding who would be qualified to implement this very big connectivity project.

If the filtering process for the bidders begins immediately at the start of the process of finding the right service provider who will implement this massive project, then chances are that there would be no repeat failure that this DICT will experience this time.

However, if the decision makers will omit this important process and is guided or influenced by a promised of personal benefits they could get from any of the bidders they facilitate, then expect that a huge problem would happen again.

So, decision makers who will be responsible to awarding the connectivity project to the truly trustworthy service provider should study carefully who these participating bidders are.

Checking and scrutinizing their individual backgrounds, especially in those previous failed connectivity projects or other government projects, would be one of the things that could help them minimize the chance of making this project to be a failure again, if their decisions are referred and based to it.

So, the plan to start filtering the participating bidders from that kind of qualifications background check is, I believed would be a very important and prudent step to make.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Real Reason Why Telcos Are Not Serious About Improving Internet Connectivity Speed in the Philippines

I read an article posted in the Internet with one of the big telcos saying that the reason why they could not establish the needed infrastructure is the permitting issues that takes several months or home owners not allowing them to put up the telecom infrastructures because of the radiation issues which is the main concerns of the home owners.

The same reasons they had presented during one of the Summit meetings they had this year, and the same story they had presented in Facebook.

However, one reliable source had mentioned that the real reason is not really those things they kept on saying to brainwash the people.

The guy said that if the Internet speed in the Philippines improves significantly, then it will kill the big telcos' business in voice communications. It's because, by then, people will call their friends or business partners, clients using IP based applications, such as Skype, Line, Messenger, Viber, etc.

So, why do things that will kill their existing lucrative business? After analyzing the situation with all those facts, I realized that what the guy said make sense.

Thus, the government has to do something to stop this and deprive those greedy people behind it to continue their injustices by depriving people of a much better Internet service.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

One of the IPSTAR MVV Components

Below picture shows one of the components of the IPSTAR Mobile VSAT Vehicle (MVV).

Most of the previous posts about IPSTAR MVV shows only the external part or the outdoor unit which is composed of the 1.2-meter auto tracking antenna, BUC, LNB, etc.

This post shows the internal part of the MVV components with the brand name as indicated. In just one push of the button, in about 10 minutes, you will able to connect to the Internet.

With this set-up, IPSTAR proprietary modem (called iCON) with a throughput of 4Mbps download/2Mbps upload is used. However, modem from Gilat, like SkyEdge II-IP could also be used for higher download requirement.

Friday, May 12, 2017

POC for PTV 4

It's IPSTAR team's POC for PTV4 broadcast business using IPSTAR spot beams.

The test was very successful and the concept about IPSTAR spot beam technology was proven efficient, stable and reliable.

The team had gained much more confidence of what they proclaimed about IPSTAR ku-band technology. It was so because, during the POC, the cloud was very thick and dark and then a while later, rains came down while the POC was still ongoing and there was no problem.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Mobile VSAT Vehicle (MVV) for Streaming Applications

The vehicle at the background is a Mobile VSAT Vehicle (MVV) used by one clients IPSTAR client's end user doing media business.

Their media team covers important live events and streaming it to their partner's server where anybody could access via the Internet.

This client is using this technology for about four years now and so far, so good.

This same technology will be donated by foreign donors to the select LGUs and will be handed over to the DILG through its new appointed Secretary.