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NBN Co Appoints IPSTAR as Wholesaler for Australian Internet Service Providers

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New Satellite Support Scheme to provide up to an additional 9,000 Australian businesses and households with broadband services 

Thaicom an Asian satellite operator  have announced that the National Broadband Network  (NBN)  has selected its wholly owned subsidiary, IPSTAR Australia (IPA), for a new initiative to boost the number of broadband connections for Australians who cannot access an existing commercial broadband service. Under the NBN Co Satellite Support (NSS) Scheme, IPA is appointed an official wholesaler and will deliver the scheme together with participating Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Australia.

Thaicom provides leading-edge solutions in telecommunication and satellite,  with a full spectrum of services.

They launched six satellites into orbit and have three satellites  in operation. Thaicom 5 and Thaicom 6 are a “Hot Bird” broadcasting satellite for Thailand and SE Asia, carraying almost 700 TV channels, covering  Thailand , SE Asia and Africa (by the name “Africom-1”).

Thaicom 4 (IPSTAR) is providing broadband services to 14 countries across the Asia-Pacific region, the Company has provided its solutions to many countries in the region to enable broadband connectivity everywhere, this also acts as  disaster recover  for communication networks in the region, covering  Japan, China and New Zealand.  It is expected  Thaicom 7 will be launched later this year to expand Thaicom’s servicing capacity and footprint in the regions.  Listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) under the trade symbol  of “THCOM”

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This gives far flung residents access to e-health, distance education and Internet banking, while businesses can benefit from increased productivity, reduced costs and access to new markets. With high demand for broadband in regional areas, this initiative is essential to providing a reliable service to families and businesses that cannot access a commercial broadband service today. Afurther 14,800 homes and businesses across Queensland have been added to the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout footprint. The latest update to the interactive rollout map on the NBN Co website shows that pre-construction activities are underway for 10,700 premises in the fixed-line footprint.

A further 4,100 premises located outside metropolitan areas are set to benefit from the NBN fixed-wireless service. In these areas contract instructions for construction activity have been issued.

In addition, physical construction is now underway for 10,800 premises in fixed-line areas.

Homes and businesses in Queensland are affected across the following regions:

Patompob Suwansiri, Chief Marketing Officer, Thaicom, added: “We are honored NBN Co has appointed IPSTAR as the wholesaler for the NBN Co Satellite Support Scheme. Since 2005 we have delivered satellite Internet services via the IPSTAR satellite to Australia’s remote communities that otherwise could not have accessed a commercial broadband service. I am proud IPSTAR continues to make a difference in the life of many Australian’s and the country’s education, farming, and health sectors.”

According to NBN Co, the NSS Scheme will connect up to 9,000 additional premises in remote and regional mainland Australia and Tasmania, until NBN Co’s Long Term Satellite Service (LTSS) will be launched in late 2015.  The NSS is exclusively available for users who are unable to access a commercial broadband service.

Premises eligible for the NSS must be within line of sight of the IPSTAR broadband satellite, and have never been subscribed to a service via the Australian Broadband Guarantee (ABG) or the Interim Satellite Service (ISS). The NSS Scheme is designed to deliver wholesale speeds of up to 4 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload.  IPSTAR will provide Internet Service Providers with a minimum download performance equivalent to 2.6 Mbps for 20.4 hours per day.

Nonthaburi, 29 July 2014—