SES supplies broadband to Indonesian villages

11 May 2021

Luxembourg’s SES Networks has signed a new broadband deal with Dwi Tunggal Putra (DTP), to enable residents of 158 villages in remote parts of Indonesia’s West Java Province.

The move will offer access to crucial online resources such as educational content, as well as unlocking the potential of the region’s digital economy.

DTP will be using high-throughput capacity on the SES-12 satellite to support the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology’s Smart Village project and fulfil the government’s universal service obligation (USO).

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Inmarsat takes on Dutch government over 5G eviction

11 May 2021

The Dutch government has told British satellite telecom firm Inmarsat to relocate  from the village of Burum in the north of the country, after independent research showed that the latter’s services and 5G could not coexist in the same spectrum band.Operators worldwide are looking to rollout 5G services as quickly as possible to steal a march on their rivals, but their ambitions are often limited by the availability of suitable spectrum.

In many countries, the frequencies best-suited for 5G are already in use, with satellite operators often reluctant to undertake the difficult process of migrating their services to other bands.

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Brazil regulator approves 5G spectrum auction rules

11 May 2021

Brazilian telecom regulator Anatel approved rules for a spectrum auction for 5G networks this year and rejected calls to curb China’s Huawei Technologies an equipment supplier.

The South American country’s president Jair Bolsonaro last year criticised the Chinese company and considered banning the world’s largest telecom equipment-maker from the country’s fifth-generation technology market on security concerns.

Brazil’s telecom companies insisted on a free market and  complained that excluding Huawei would cost billions of dollars to replace the equipment of the tech giant, which currently supplies 50% of the existing 3G and 4G networks.

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Caribbean Express: next stop Jamaica

11 May 2021

The Caribbean Express, a new multi-billion-dollar submarine cable system being rolled out by American telecom development firm, Ocean Networks, is making its way to Jamaica.

An 18-fibre pair subsea cable system linking the state of Florida to Panama, which is just being built out, is also being extended to the  Caribbean island’s capital, Kingston.

In the initial phase the Caribbean Express network will not only run between Palm Beach, Florida and Balboa, Panama, but with additional landing points in Cancún, Mexico and Cartagena, Colombia. 

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