Monday, March 25th, 2013
In partnership with Pactel International, Rural Tech Development delivered a wireless solution capable of providing uniform coverage across PNG LNG’s 9000 Man accommodation 1.2km2 camp. The solution was designed to improve the worker’s quality of life and supports voice calls via secure VoIP Payphones and internet services via personal devices and the internet cafe.

Utilising multiple bandwidth reserves and a carrier-grade cost efficient Newtec platform, Pactel provided a 10Mb satellite link, while Rural Tech managed the complete system design, installation and layout onsite.

“Coverage penetration was and still is particularly challenging due to the geographical spread of the camp as well as limitation on access points location”, said Shahram Honarzad (Shaz), Technical Director at Rural Tech Development.
“We didn’t want to risk having poor and uneven coverage in certain areas, so we had to reconsider the original WiFi system layout and add additional access points where the coverage was particular poor – a system layout comparable to a multi-story hotel building”, added Mr Honarzad.

Extending on the hotel network analogy, Rural Tech have developed a centralised management and billing system: every worker can purchase a pre-paid internet and VoIP card.

To ensure maximum efficiency and seamless operation, Pactel completed the project by integrating its value-adding services such as bandwidth acceleration, application filtering & QoS.

“Retaining quality personnel whilst sustaining costs are the two primary challenges our customers in the resource industry are faced with. The PNG LNG project was another opportunity for us to provide a responsive welfare network to address these challenges as well as strengthen our market position in PNG”, said Nick Miller, Sales Manager of Pactel International. “I thank Rural Tech Development for their responsiveness and professionalism throughout.  It was their expertise in the PNG LNG venture and local presence that made this project possible”, added Mr Miller.

Contact Profile

Pactel International

Pactel International is an Australian-owned global satellite communications provider, supplying connectivity across all areas of Papua New Guinea.

Our offerings range from commercial and corporate to carrier-grade networks that support services such as Internet, Private WAN, Telephony and Voice and Mobile GSM.

Pactel’s primary mission is to provide remotely-based businesses with peace of mind by keeping them connected: constantly, reliably and efficiently. Accordingly, we are committed to providing a communication infrastructure that reflects the diversity of our end-users requirements: from small businesses to resource sector through to resellers and wholesalers.

With the head office in Sydney, Australia, and regional offices in the Pacific Islands, Pactel 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.

Katia Gryadunova
P: 612 9086 2795

Rural Tech Development

Rural Tech Development is a traditional and independent Information and Communication Technology (ICT) provider established since 2005 in PNG. Our main focus is to provide professional solutions rather than selling products. We are committed to the highest level of customer service. We work closely with our customers and adopt a collaborative approach during the design, implementation, and delivery of all solutions to ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction.

The Rural Tech Development mission is to provide customers with a complete solution to all their current and future ICT needs.

We have established a reputation for quality work and plan to continue to enhance our image in the industry. Rural Tech Development has been able to excel in the market because the company is small, highly focused, and motivated. Size gives the company a competitive advantage, in that the company can respond quickly to changing opportunities and take advantage of the latest technologies. It can see where the industry is going and move in that direction more quickly than the competition.

Services and Products

Satellite Services, Fibre Optic Cabling, Network Integration, IT Consulting, Hosted and Virtual Services, Wireless Communication

Major Clients

High Arctic Energy Services, Transtel Communication/Exxon, Redsea Housing, Daewoo, Clough Curtains Joint Venture, Exxon Mobil, Spiecapag, MJ Electrical, Kenmore Group of Companies, BNG Trading, Gobe Field Engineering, Consolidated Contractors PNG Company.
Shahram Honarzad
P: +675 72100622


Pactel International, Rural Tech Development, Satellite Network, Wireless solution



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