Published on October 22nd, 2010 | by Babar Bhatti6
Telenor Establishes VSAT Network
Satellites form an essential part of telecommunications systems worldwide, carrying large amounts of data and telephony traffic, in addition to other data such as television signals. Telenor Pakistan has established its own VSAT network.
One of the country’s largest, this satellite-based network will provide connectivity for GSM traffic in areas where microwave or optical fiber is unavailable. It has been designed to remain least affected by natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods, thus allowing for uninterrupted communication services to customers. In the picture above, Khalid Shehzad, Chief Technology Officer, Telenor Pakistan (left) along with Atiq Ahmed, Deputy CTO, Telenor Pakistan inaugurates the hub site. Others who attended the ceremony include Imran Malik, CEO Supernet; Hamid Nawaz, Vice-President Supernet; and Shams-ul-Arfeen, CEO Telecard.
Satellite based communication tends to be expensive so its use has been limited to situations where alternatives are not available. Tariq Mustafa explains in a 2007 post:
The explosive growth of cellular services in Pakistan has resulted in the companies’ new quest to reach the untapped rural markets and in the absence of optical fiber backhaul, VSAT backhaul have picked up big times. Mobilink, Ufone and Telenor all have placed huge orders of VSAT backhuals for their base stations in far flung areas such as FATA and Azad Jammu Kashmir. The volume of the business has taken the otherwise go-slow network service providers by surprise and in certain cases, single orders placed by the cellular giants have been comparable with the annual volume of business done by the network service provider.