Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

In August 2010, Pactel International has partnered up with TSKL, a local telecommunications carrier in the Republic of Kiribati, to supply its residents with internet links via RICS (Rural Internet Connectivity System). This partnership has enabled internet services to be supplied into the most remote areas of the country.

Andrew Taylor, CEO of Pactel International said: “Countries like the Republic of Kiribati are our prime focus in the Pacific Islands and we acknowledge the importance of internet links like these into the remote regions. We appreciate the trust local operators like TSKL have in our abilities to deliver vital telecommunication services, which whole communities can depend on”.

The RICS (Rural Internet Connectivity System) is designed to provide 2-way Internet connectivity to all of the Pacific Island Countries with internet download speeds between 256kbits/second and 2,048kbits/second, using a 1.2m KU band antenna. Bandwidth can be contended in 1:4 and 1:10 ratio.

RICS is directly connected to Pactel’s US Tier 1 backbone via GE-23 at 172° East (in Hawaii) and provides unprecedented performance and low latency. It is based on the cutting edge SHIRON DVB-S2 ACM Intersky platform, utilizing the latest modulation techniques to ensure reliability, availability and throughput.

Self-installation is the key part in RICS service. It allows end users to perform the commissioning of the Satellite dish independently, saving costly professional installation fees. RICS runs on 110V/220V or 24 Volts and consumes only 35 Watts of power, resulting in compatibility with solar equipment.

To date, Pactel International has already supplied a number of internet links via RICS into local schools, hospitals and small businesses into the remote locations of the country, where internet connection was previously unavailable.

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Pactel International

Pactel International was co-founded in 2003 by Andrew Taylor and Steffen Holzt, both with more than 20 years of experience in the satellite and telecommunications industry. In 2000, Steffen Holzt founded Pacific IP Services in New Caledonia, which merged into Pactel International.

Pactel International focuses on satellite telecommunications and broadcast services within the Asia-Pacific Region. Company services include Internet backbone connectivity, VSAT data solutions, VOIP gateways, broadcast and streaming video solutions, international private leased line, equipment hosting as well as satellite ground system and network design. The Company focus is on high quality, customized and affordable telecommunications solutions for the telecommunications carriers, ISPs, government organizations, Mining, Oil & Gas industries, broadcasters and businesses that have a need for dedicated solutions to meet their connectivity challenges.

Pactel International is committed to the highest level of customer service. 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.

The Company implements fully customized solutions to match their customers’ specific telecommunications needs; from point to point links through to fully managed networks — all receive the highest quality solutions at extremely competitive rates.

Katia Gryadunova
P: +61 2 9531 7555
M: +61 4 144 223 71


RICS, Rural Internet Connectivity System, Rural Internet Pacific Islands, 2 way internet, satellite internet



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