Ka-band Satellite broadband unlocks a brighter future for Filipinos

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AS THE world increasingly moves online, a digital divide between those with access to digital tools and those without continues to persist in the Philippines. At the beginning of 2022, 32 percent of the population, nearly 36 million people, remained offline. The Philippines has been ranked 60th out of 100 countries in terms of internet availability.

Connectivity is most accessible in urban areas, but the rural, isolated parts of the country remain underserved.

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted how crucial it is to have reliable internet access. Around the world, connectivity levels have saved up to 300 million jobs, helped over 100 million school kids and 200 million university students continue education. E-learning, remote work with cloud-based applications and online transactions are fast becoming routine in the new normal. Similarly, businesses, especially SMEs, require stable internet connectivity to expand their reach and adapt to the post-pandemic demands.

As internet usage is now embedded in every aspect of daily life, slow or non-existent connectivity makes it challenging for people in remote areas across the Philippines to participate in the digital world -- if not impossible. Traditional internet service providers, using fibre or cable technology, often choose to expand their networks in places with larger populations and low infrastructure costs rather than difficult terrain, such as the mountain areas of Cebu Island. This, along with affordability, contributes to the exclusion of communities in smaller islands and mountainous areas.

Satellite broadband meets demand for internet

Recently however, the government signed Executive Order 127, which will expand the availability of internet services through inclusive access to satellite services. EO 127 allows value-added service (VAS) providers and internet service providers (ISPs) that are registered with the National Telecommunications Commission to have direct access to all satellite systems.

This will make a big difference to Filipinos in areas with few options for internet connectivity. To access satellite broadband, all one needs is a small satellite dish and a modem. This technology works well for island nations, as there’s no need to wait (or hope) for cable or large ground infrastructure to be brought to the town. With significant improvements in satellite technology in recent years, satellite broadband speeds are very fast and can be used for standard internet activities like making video calls, browsing the web, using cloud-based software.

When it comes to closing the gap between the digital haves and have-nots, satellite broadband provider Bambunet leaves no stone unturned. Working closely with satellite operator Kacific, which owns one of the newest and most powerful Ka-band satellites in Asia Pacific, Bambunet can provide high-speed, affordable and reliable internet.

Kacific’s Ka-band satellite technology provides higher throughput (meaning higher download and upload speeds for everyday usage) and is more affordable than its predecessors, Ku-band and C-band. Satellite internet services allows all Filipinos to move forward in life by getting connected anytime, anywhere. For millions of students, it means access to online learning. For workers, it means being able to do their jobs. For patients, it means seeking virtual medical assistance.

For interested customers who want to connect to fast and affordable internet services today, call Bambunet on (0998) 555 3243 or visit www.bambunet.com.

For more information on Kacific’s satellite technology, visit www.kacific.com or contact sales@kacific.com. SPONSORED CONTENT.

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