Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Pactel International commissioned a contract to supply a large-scale satellite back-up link for Bluesky Samoa’s existing international submarine fibre network, covering two islands of Samoa and American Samoa. The new link enables better diversity allowing to support automatic redundancy of the most critical applications of IP traffic in case of a fibre network failure.

Based on the DVB-S2 C-Band Platform, the service is directly connected to Pactel’s Australian backbone via the IS-18 satellite and provides unprecedented performance and low latency.
In a case of a fail event, the switch to the satellite gateway would be instant without human intervention, and once the primary connection returns, the satellite connection will automatically revert back to sleep mode.

The service is supported by 24/7 network monitoring and support from Pactel’s Network Operations Centre and, if required, field technician support.

Adolfo Montenegro, CEO of Bluesky Samoa commented: “We again turned to Pactel to upgrade our satellite redundancy solution and they delivered beyond our expectations. The solution combines improved consolidated design and advanced Pactel services yielding a more robust solution for our customers. We are very satisfied with the recent failover test, managed by Pactel’s satellite engineers onsite, which confirmed seamless performance of the backup solution. I congratulate and thank the Pactel team for their expertise throughout the design, implementation and control stages of this project.”

“Satellite backup services are becoming very common amongst service providers, said Steffen Holzt, Executive Director at Pactel International. “Using satellite as their secondary network enables service providers to maintain uninterrupted network connectivity in case of a primary network failure. We are very pleased to implement this service for the largest telecommunications provider of Samoa and American Samoa.”

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Pactel International

Pactel International is a privately held Australian satellite communications company with its directors having more than 25 years of experience in the satellite and telecommunications industry.

Pactel International focuses on data, voice and general telecommunications services within the Asia-Pacific Region. The Company implements fully customized solutions to match their customers’ specific telecommunications needs; from point to point links through to fully managed networks.

With the head office in Sydney, Australia, and regional offices in the Pacific Islands, Pactel International offers support to all of their customers who live and work in similar time zones. Pactel International works closely with their customers and adopts a hands-on approach during the design, implementation, and delivery of all solutions.
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P: +614 144 22371
W: www.pactelint.com

Bluesky Samoa

BlueSky Samoa (formerly the Government owned SamoaTel Ltd.) is the largest telecommunications provider in the Independent State of Samoa. Our services include local and long distance voice on the country’s only fixed line network, ADSL Broadband to local businesses & residents, and voice, SMS and data nationwide to customer’s on our GSM mobile network. Leveraging on our expertise in operating multiple networks, we offer other services such as IT Professional services, PABX services for business, Wi-Fi hotspot services, dedicated circuits and broadband solutions.

Formerly a Government owned Enterprise (SamoaTel Ltd.) the company was acquired by (American Samoa based) BlueSky Communications and re-launched itself as BlueSky Samoa in Dec 2011 when it became the first company to build and launch an HSPA+ (21Mbps) network in the South Pacific.

BlueSky’s sister company BlueSky Communications offers similar services to residents and businesses in neighbouring American Samoa.
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P: (+1684)699-2759
W: www.bluesky.as


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