4 Nov 2020 ANGELES CITY , PHILIPPINES
- Angeles City Mayor Carmelo 'Pogi' Lazatin Jr. on November 4, 2020 signs a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the representatives of We Are I.T. Philippines, Inc. to provide a cost-effective, state-of-the-art, and high-speed wireless broadband connection and internet services within the city for the use of the students for their online classes.
ANGELES CITY, Pampanga – Residents in this city will soon enjoy free wireless internet connectivity.
Irish Calaguas, chief adviser of Mayor Carmelo Lazatin, in a meeting on Friday with representatives of satellite internet provider We are IT Philippines, Inc., said 772 satellite connections are now being installed throughout the city for the free WiFi internet for all Angeleños.
WIT is partnering with local provider Converge ICT Solutions Inc.
Calaguas said WIT has vowed to finish their installation by the last week of December.
She said that Mayor Lazatin ordered the giving of free internet access to all residents instead of the original plan to give it only to students. “For students, the city government will issue internet access cards, meaning they will have their own access strictly for learning. Para mas mabilis ang access nila (For them to have fast access),” Calaguas said in a statement.
She said that the internet access cards will be distributed together with the tablets purchased by the city government for public school students from Grades 4 to 12 and the 3,200 students of the City College of Angeles (CCA).
A total of PHP161 million was allocated by the city government for the tablets of 48,000 public school students and PHP15 million for the tablets of CCA students.
The tablets will be issued to public schools and will be lent to students. At the end of the school year, students need to give the tablets back to the schools.
Angeles City Mayor Carmelo 'Pogi' Lazatin Jr. on November 4, 2020 signs a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Joseph P. Maddatu, CEO of We Are I.T. Philippines, Inc. (WIT Phils) to provide a cost-effective, state-of-the-art, and high-speed wireless broadband connection and internet services within the city for the use of the students for their online classes.
Employees of We Are I.T. Philippines, Inc. installs state-of-the-art, high-speed wireless broadband infrastructure and internet services. WIT will commission up to 750 access points all throughout the city.
22 June 2020 LAOAG, PHILIPPINES
- We are IT Philippines, Inc. delivers much needed Satellite Internet capacity to schools all over the Philippines to
mitigate effects of COVID 19.
LAOAG CITY – Barely two months before the opening of classes, a rural school in this city has installed its first very small aperture terminal (VSAT) satellite communication system that provides direct internet access to schools located along coastal and mountainous terrains here.In partnership with both public and private stakeholders in the province, the installation of VSAT dish in schools with weak signals is a priority project of the Department of Education (DepEd) here to ensure continuous learning of students during the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
In support of the project, the Schools Division Office (SDO) of Laoag, led by Schools Division Superintendent Vilma Eda, recently launched the “I’M SAFE NOW” project which aims to raise funds to make online learning possible for all public schools in the city
1 October 2020 MANILA, PHILIPPINES
- WIT SATTELITE BROADBAND SPEARHEADING PROJECT: OPLAN LIGTAS BUKAS
WE are IT Philippines, Inc. (WIT), the country’s leading satellite broadband provider, is spearheading project Oplan Ligtas Bukas in response to the recent calls of both President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo to provide communities with internet access, especially those areas (LGUs) that have weak or no connectivity at all, which is crucial in facing the needs, and demands, of the new normal on our daily activities.
Ligtas Bukas will help barangays build “smart communities” through the pockets of connectivity that will provide internet communications platform.
It hopes to help the DepEd with its chosen blended learning method, boost electronic trading and other social needs of the community. The local government units (LGUs), on the other hand, will have stronger e-governance capabilities, as the system is bundled with the tools to help their communities quickly respond to disasters and emergency situations. Mounted on a 20-feet steel pole, Ligtas Bukas “smart poles” will provide a scalable satellite-based broadband internet up to 50 Mbps per station.
It shall provide 24/7 connectivity for emergencies, and inter or intra barangay communications, real time communications via long range intercom system, internet messaging and voice calls.
Barangays shall be powered up with early warning system with link to the national government which is vital in times of disasters. Ligtas Bukas poles are also environment-friendly because of its solar-power technology.
Project Ligtas Bukas is a brainchild of Thomas “Tim” Orbos, a former undersecretary of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Department of Transportation (DoTr).
WIT is a Filipino-owned company with a long track record and expertise in emergency communications through its direct access to satellite technology.
We are IT Philippines, Inc.'s Ligtas Bukas Smart Pole after a strong typhoon. Capable to provide continuous power and broadband connectivity after weeks of electrical distribution utility failure.
24 April 2020 MANILA, PHILIPPINES
- We are IT Philippines, Inc. supports Eagle Broadcasting Network's Fundemic fundraising initiative to help support COVID19 frontliners.
By Caesar Vallejos, Open For Business
For the past weeks, when people started to stay in their homes, Eagle Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) invited viewers and their families to send videos on what they do while they are in home quarantines. Some called it “quarantivities.” Our audiences from around the world shared exciting and positive activities to cope with the crisis, including videos of individuals singing original songs. Music, indeed, is a powerful element that has genuinely helped people cope with the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Thus, to commemorate its 52nd Anniversary, Eagle Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) will hold an online concert series to raise COVID-19 relief for health workers, front-liners, and affected communities with the FYM Medical Foundation as its sole beneficiary.
16 March 2020 MANILA, PHILIPPINES
- COVID-19 triggers WIT Philippines, Inc. Business Continuity Plan. Assures no disruption to critical communications infrastructure to all its customers. Work from home initiated to more than half of its workforce. Read statement from its Chief Executive here.
8 March 2020 MANILA, PHILIPPINES
- WIT Philippines is a major exhibitor in Technologies 2020, an event held simultaneously with the general assembly of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines at the Marriott Hotel.
WIT's Barangay Emergency Communications Center debut's at League of Municipalities Conference at the Marriot.
8 July 2019 MANILA, PHILIPPINES
- WIT Philippines announces that it successfully transmitted thousands of valuable and mission critical Election Data in the 2019 National and Local Elections (automated election system) via Satellite, it fourth time to do so in a span of 10 years.
22 February 2019 MANILA, PHILIPPINES
- WIT Philippines announces 50 Mbps and 20 Mbps satellite broadband service plans for consumer and enterprise markets.
WIT Philippines Inc, today announces its ability to deliver up to 50Mbps Satellite Internet bandwidth at cost effective rates - both service and equipment fees. Targeted for the Consumer, Enterprise and Government markets, the new solution is expected to fulfil the need to deliver higher bandwidth for media rich content. Service plans starts for as low as Php2,999.
8 November 2018 - Manila and Stockholm - Press Release
We are IT Philippines Inc. and Forsway partner to deploy satellite broadband services; enable free government-sponsored Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide, accelerate roll-out of 3rd Mobile Operator
• Providing Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) with tools and technology for quick, cost-effective roll-out of broadband services for public hotspots
• Powering comprehensive project with leading satellite broadband services from WIT Phils, high-performance routers from Forsway and IPSTAR satellite capacity
• Ready to deliver mobile backhaul service with aggregated bandwidth of up to 50Mbps per base station for the emerging 3rd Telco in the Philippines
Forsway, a leading global specialist of innovative solutions for providing high quality broadband services to underserved regions via satellite, today announced it is partnering with We are IT Philippines, Inc. / WIT Philsat for their first joint project in the Philippines. The two companies are combining their expertise to help DICT facilitate and deliver on roll-out of the "Juan Konek Free Wi-Fi in Public Places Project". Forsway and WIT PhilSat
are furnishing the government-sponsored project with rapid deployment of cost-efficient satellite broadband services and expertise from WIT PhilSat, enabled by next generation Odin F-50 satellite routers from Forsway and IPSTAR satellite capacity.
The partners are providing tools and technology enabling the Philippines' aim to close the digital divide. Roll-out has started with the first sites in the southern island of Mindanao – with the project aimed at enhancing Internet accessibility for Filipinos to accelerate economic, social and educational opportunities and supporting an “Internet for all” strategy.
Free public Wi-Fi is being made available in public plazas and parks; public libraries, schools, colleges and universities; rural health units and government hospitals; train stations, airports, and seaports; and national and local government offices.
-Joseph P. Maddatu, CEO, WIT PhilSat,” As the leading provider of satellite broadband services in the Philippines, WIT Philsat is extremely pleased to be a part of this important initiative aimed at enriching the livelihood of millions nationwide. We are committed to delivering the quality services that will enable DICT to provide internet access and a better quality of life for today and tomorrow.” ” We have chosen to partner with Forsway on this benchmark project based on the business benefits of Forsway's high performance satellite modem. Forsway's robust technology will help us provide quick deployment and furnish cost-effective satellite broadband services for meeting the demands of our very critical portion of the expansive government project.
-Tobias Forsell, Managing Director at Forsway,” In our first commercial deployment with PhilSat, we are excited to deliver the Forsway Odin F-50 high performance satellite router to furnish enhanced service delivery for public services. Our mission is to enable broadband services for billions of users globally still lacking sufficient internet access and help bridge the digital divide in many regions. We are proud to be a part of this exciting initiative in the Philippines."
Forsway’s unique, next generation Odin F-50 router technology combines existing terrestrial technologies with
satellite to provide highly cost-efficient broadband, with a core focus on serving hard to reach markets. The new "Free Wi-Fi in Public Places" service will be available 24/7 and will use Hotspot 2.0 technology throughout the network. According to DICT, use of managed services sourced as service subscriptions from the private sector will be the primary means of implementing the Project.
About We Are IT (WIT)
We Are IT Philippines Inc. (WIT) is the leading Satellite Broadband Service Provider in the Philippines. We Integrate solutions with leading edge products and world class service for the delivery of robust and dependable managed networks. We have over a decade of experience operating Teleports and advance VSAT stations in over 30 countries in the Asia Pacific. In the Philippines, WIT provides vital satellite communications infrastructure for mission critical civil and military entities of the government. It also provides emergency communications management response in times of disaster to all sectors of society. Enterprises continually rely on its infrastructure to connect to field offices in both urban and rural areas. In fixed and mobile satellite communications management, WIT is the single point of contact (SPOC) for a large number of Telecommunication/Carrier, Multinational, Multilateral and non-governmental organizations. WIT is a member of the Global VSAT Forum and the World Teleport Association.
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3 May 2018 Manila, Nantabori
We Are IT Philippines Signs Bulk Broadband Capacity Deal with Thaicom
We Are It Philippines (WIT) agrees to purchase entire IPSTAR satellite capacity of both spot and broadcast beams for the Philippines.
Companies sign multi-year agreement to roll out high-throughput satellite capacity to support Philippines 3rd telco market entry and government’s free Wi-Fi broadband projects.
Manila, Nonthaburi, 03 May 2018 – Thaicom Public Company Limited (Stock Exchange of Thailand: THCOM)—a leading Asian satellite operator and provider of integrated satellite communications solutions—and We Are IT Philippines Inc. (WIT)—the leading satellite broadband service provider in the Philippines—have signed a multi-year capacity wholesale agreement aimed at providing connectivity for the rollout of nationwide enterprise and government broadband projects.
According to the terms of the agreement, WIT will use the entire IPSTAR capacity of both spot and broadcast beams for the Philippines. The agreement will also see WIT provide broadband connectivity through the IPSTAR high-throughput satellite to serve market verticals in the Philippines, including broadcasting, telecom, mobile network operators, and maritime.
Anant Kaewruamvongs, CEO of Thaicom Public Company Limited, said: “I thank WIT for their continued trust in us. The Philippines is the perfect satellite market, due to the wide geographical and population distribution of the archipelago. I am pleased that Thaicom is able tohelp the Philippines in its transformation for the digital era. IPSTAR’s high-throughput capacity is ideal to connect unserved and underserved areas in the Philippines, thus improving the lives of millions of Filipinos and accelerating the country’s economic growth.”
“Demand for affordable, fast and unlimited satellite broadband connectivity is expected to grow in the Philippines’ enterprise, government, education and consumer sectors”, said Joseph Maddatu, CEO, We Are IT (WIT) Philippines. “Our partnership of more than 10 years with Thaicomcontinues to support our vision of cost effective satellite capacity for the country. We will be able to roll out the network infrastructure for the country’s 3rd mobile network operator, as well asgovernment and enterprise broadband VSAT projects faster and more cost effectively as the result of the agreement with Thaicom. Furthermore, we can support the government’s free Wi-Fi broadband initiative that brings high speed connectivity to the rural areas and more importantly, support mobile network operators with backhaul services in their effort to expand their coverage and increase data capacity to their cellular sites. This initiative is in line with our objective to drive our top line exponentially and put WIT at par or even bigger than some of its listed peers in the Philippines.”
“We take pride in our ability to drive the common goal of connecting individuals, businesses and
governments across ASEAN with affordable and reliable broadband services”, said Patompob (Nile) Suwansiri, CCO of Thaicom. “WIT has been a long term partner of Thaicom for over adecade and this latest agreement solidifies this strong partnership by taking it to another level. With WIT, the Philippines now has access to 1.5 Gbps of capacity throughout the country.”
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Thaicom Public Company Limited
63/21 Rattanathibet Road, Nonthaburi, 11000, Thailand Websites: www.thaicom.net,
THAICOM Public Company Limited, a leading Asian satellite operator, was established in 1991. The Company was the first to launch a broadband satellite in the world, and is a leader in developing integrated solutions for satellite broadband and broadcast services. TheCompany’s engineering teams provide leading-edge innovative solutions for satellite-based telecommunications services. Since its establishment the Company has launched eight satellites, with five satellites in operation: THAICOM 4 (IPSTAR) provides a variety of broadband and data services, including cellular backhaul, mobility, government USO support, content delivery, business continuity and emergency services in thirteen countries in Asia Pacific.
THAICOM 6 is to expand the Company’s broadcast carrying capacity in SE Asia and Africa (by the name “AFRICOM 1”) and is collocatedwith THAICOM 5 and THAICOM 8 at 78.5 degrees East. THAICOM 7 was launched in September 2014 to provide media & data servicesfor Asia’s and Australasia’s entertainment and telecom industries at 120 degrees East. THAICOM 8 was launched in May 2016 to expandThaicom’s servicing capacity and footprint in the region. Thaicom is traded on the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) under the tradesymbol “THCOM”.
About We Are IT (WIT)
We Are IT Philippines Inc. (WIT) is the leading Satellite Broadband Service Provider in the Philippines. We Integrate solutions with leading edge products and world class service for the delivery of robust and dependable managed networks. We have over a decade of experience operating Teleports and advance VSAT stations in over 30 countries in the Asia Pacific. In the Philippines, WIT provides vital satellite communications infrastructure for mission critical civil and military entities of the government. It also provides emergency communications management response in times of disaster to all sectors of society. Enterprises continually rely on its infrastructure to connect to field offices in both urban and rural areas. In fixed and mobile satellite communications management, WIT is the single point of contact (SPOC) for a large number of Telecommunication/Carrier, Multinational, Multilateral and non-governmental organizations.
Corporate Communications Sujittra Yingpoemmongkol Kanthamanee Maneepark
02-596-5060 Ext. 8493, 0990-045-045 02-596-5060 Ext. 8407, 081-346-5252
Thaicom Public Company Limited
63/21 Rattanathibet Road, Nonthaburi, 11000, Thailand Websites: www.thaicom.net, www.ipstar.com
27 October 2018 AKLAN - Boracay is Open - WIT Provides Live Broadcast Services
- We Are IT Philippines (WIT) provides the Presidential Communications Office with broadcast service via Satellite.
Boracay Island, Aklan - in a real display of political will, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte ordered the closure of Boracay Island, the country's most celebrated island paradise by top international travel magazines, on April 26, 2018 to undergo a massive clean-up and rehabilitation efforts to save the island from further demise brought about by widespread abuse and neglect by the local government.
Six (6) months after a rigorous reconstruction and rehabilitation, Boracay Island, spearheaded by the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) - a multi-agency cooperation of the national government - unveils its new look as it once again opens its doors to local and foreign tourists on October 26, 2018.
Watch how the historic event unfolds in this special video brought to you by RTVM.
About We Are IT (WIT)
We Are IT Philippines Inc. (WIT) is the leading Satellite Broadband Service Provider in the Philippines. We Integrate solutions with leading edge products and world class service for the delivery of robust and dependable managed networks. We have over a decade of experience operating Teleports and advance VSAT stations in over 30 countries in the Asia Pacific. In the Philippines, WIT provides vital satellite communications infrastructure for mission critical civil and military entities of the government. It also provides emergency communications management response in times of disaster to all sectors of society. Enterprises continually rely on its infrastructure to connect to field offices in both urban and rural areas. In fixed and mobile satellite communications management, WIT is the single point of contact (SPOC) for a large number of Telecommunication/Carrier, Multinational, Multilateral and non-governmental organizations. WIT Philippines is a member of the World Teleport Association (New York, USA) and the Global VSAT Forum (London, UK).
BORACAY Opens. WIT provides Satellite Service to the Presidential Communications Operations Office. In the photo, Secretary Martin Andenar, RTVM and WIT PH Staff.
25 September 2018 Manila - WIT EMERGENCY RESPONSE
* We Are IT Philippines (WIT) and TSF provides rescue organisations on the ground satellite connections following the Typhoon Mangkhut that caused deadly landslides.
On September 15, the north of the Philippines archipelago was hit by the most powerful typhoon of the year 2018. Classified in category 5, Mangkhut (known locally as Ompong) swept through Luzon Island from east to west, then headed for China, leaving trail of devastation in this particularly poor area.
In the wake of the typhoon, the cyclone conditions remained intense. Torrential rains accompanied by gusts of wind caused floods, landslides, power lines torn off and roads cut. The National Council for Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Management (NDRRMC) estimated that at least 5.2 million people were affected by the typhoon. Tens of thousands of Filipinos had been urgently evacuated.
8 November 2018 BORACAY Island, Malay AKLAN
- We Are IT Philippines (WIT) provides the Presidential Communications Office, RTVM broadcast service
via Satellite for Presidential Visit.
Boracay Island, Malay Aklan - in a real display of political will, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte ordered the closure of Boracay Island, the country's most celebrated island paradise by top international travel magazines, on April 26, 2018 to undergo a massive clean-up and rehabilitation efforts to save the island from further demise brought about by widespread abuse and neglect by the local government. Six months after its closure, PPRD returns to distribute certificates of land ownership award to its indigenous people.
WIT Philippines provided high quality satellite connectivity services via the IPSTAR Satellite. IPSTAR has over 1.2Gbps capacity covering much of the Philippine Islands.
Distribution of Certificates of Land Ownership Award
We Are IT Philippines (WIT) provides the Presidential Communications Office, RTVM broadcast servicevia Satellite for Presidential Visit.
3 - 6 April 2018 SMX Mall of Asia MANILA, PHILIPPINES
Meet WIT Philippines at the Philippine Cable TV Association Convention 2018.
8 December 2017 Manila, Philippines - Rappler, The Philippine Star
MANILA, Philippines – Acquiring documents from agencies – like National Bureau of Investigation, the Social Security System, PhilHealth, and even the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration – promises to be faster and more efficient in 2018.
A one-stop online government transaction center, based in Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) stations across the country, will be launched. Called the "Zip Lane," the system takes advantage of Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSATs), a satellite communications system that will be set up in post offices to allow for internet access even in rural areas.
These VSATs will allow post offices to communicate with other government agencies and print clearances in under 30 minutes. The “Zip Lane” upgrades the connectivity of the post office with other agencies to take care of government transactions and bring down costs for the public.
“In addition to our mandate to deliver mails and parcels, PHLPost has been given the task to provide services of other government agencies that offers public documents necessary in their day-to-day activities," Postmaster General Joel Otarra said in a press release Friday, December 8.Otarra added, "We will upgrade our connectivity in partnership with the D epartment of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to better serve the public.”
PHLPost has more than 1,300 post offices and postal stations nationwide, where customers can applying for the goverment documents. Currently, NBI clearance applications are already accepted and printed in select post offices in different parts of the country.
11 November 2017 MANILA, PHILIPPINES
WIT Philippines supports Philippine Presidential Security Group (PSG) in providing satellite connectivity to secure leaders of the ASEAN Summit and its 50th anniversary. Company provides five mobile VSAT stations and 25Mbps of Space Segment Bandwidth.
11 November 2017 MANILA, PHILIPPINES
WIT Philippines supports Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in providing satellite connectivity to secure leaders of the ASEAN Summit and its 50th anniversary. Company provides five mobile VSAT stations and 25Mbps of Space Segment Bandwidth.
11 November 2017 MANILA, PHILIPPINES
WIT Philippines supports Department of Information Communication Technology (DICT) in providing satellite connectivity to secure leaders of ASEAN Summit and 50th anniverssary.
WIT supports Philippines Presidential Security Group at ASEAN 50
24 October 2017 MANILA, PHILIPPINES
WIT Philippines supports Philippine Military in providing connectivity to conflict areas in Mindanao Islands.
16 March 2017 Quezon City, PHILIPPINES
We Are It Philippines (WIT) supports government's free WIFI program throughout the Philippines. Company to put up last mile infrastructure to more than thirty cities and municipalities.
Quezon City – DOST-ICT Office’s flagship project, the Juan Konek Free Wi-Fi Internet Access in Public Places Project, is set to begin the initial phases of implementation with the issuance of the Notice to Proceed (NTP) of the Project’s commissioned Service Providers last March 16, 2016.
Undersecretary Louis Napoleon C. Casambre stated the importance of the collective efforts of the private and public sectors as catalysts in the completion of Juan Konek, “The road to connectivity, however, is one that should not be treaded alone. Our Office recognizes that the public and private sectors each possess particular strengths, and when both parties channel their efforts towards a shared goal, the sky’s the limit to what they can accomplish.”
The commissioned Service Providers are; Innove Communications, Inc. & Yondu Inc (Joint Venture), We are IT Philippines, Inc., Converge ICT Solutions, Inc., AZ Communications Network, Inc., and Omniprime Marketing, Inc., PLDT Alpha and Abratique and Associates Philippines Inc.
Engr. Efren R. Abratique of Abratique & Associates Philippines, Inc. expressed their eagerness for the Free Wi-Fi Project,
“We are happy to support the government’s efforts for digital inclusion and providing Internet for all”. “The Juan Konek, Free Wi-Fi Internet Access in Public Places will go a long way in providing access to information, educational materials, e-commerce and communications for Filipinos, particularly in Rural Areas. “ Engr. Abratique said.
Prior to the ceremonial NTP signing, a Free Wi-Fi Project Steering Committee meeting was held that included members from different NGAs. Various topics were discussed about the progress of the Project, as well as the next steps over the course of the meeting.
Partners from the private sector comprising of service providers of the Juan Konek Free Wi-Fi Internet Access in Public Places Project have signed their contracts with the DOST-ICT Office. (L-R) Innove Communications Inc. Vice President for Sales and Enterprise, Dion Salvador Asencio; Abratique & Associates Chief Executive Officer, Efren Abratique; Project Manager, Enrico A. Toledo; DOST-ICT Office Undersecretary, Louis Napoleon Casambre; PLDT ALPHA Enterprise First Vice President and Head, Juan Victor Hernandez; WIT Philippines, Inc. Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Joseph P. Maddatu
May 2010, 2013, 2016
Worlds largest deployment of Satellite Technology
WIT and Singtel solutions allow millions to vote in remote areas
Singapore, 7 June 2010 -- Singapore Telecommunications Limited (Singtel) announced today its communications solutions enabled millions of voters in remote areas of the Philippines to participate in the nation’s first automated Presidential Elections.
In the world’s largest deployment of Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) satellite technology, Singtel provided high speed wireless connectivity for the secure transmission of voting data for more than 5600 polling centres nationwide. The solution was integrated with the election organiser’s vote counting infrastructure and also incorporated Singtel’s ConnectPlus Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP VPN) services.
In previous elections, votes were counted manually and the results from each polling station were hand delivered to election headquarters. The Philippines government turned to advanced ICT solutions to improve the efficiency of the electoral process.
Mr Sanjiv Aiyar, Singtel’s CEO of Global and Wholesale, said: “Singtel is the only communications company in the region that can combine satellite and IP VPN services into a seamless integrated solution. By enabling organisers to set up polling stations anywhere in the country, no matter how remote, our solutions allowed more citizens to have a say in their nation’s future. This flexibility is essential for a country like the Philippines, whose people are scattered across thousands of islands.”
Mr Joseph P. Maddatu, Chief Operations Officer of We are IT Philippines, Singtel’s partner in the Philippines, said: “We were delighted with the outstanding performance and reliability of Singtel’s BGAN satellite solution, which was crucial for the smooth running of the elections. Even at the busiest polling stations, which handled thousands of ballots, Singtel’s solution never let us down.”
Mr. Rodolfo L. Ramirez, Jr., WIT’s Project Director, added: “There was never a doubt that the Inmarsat BGAN technology from Singtel would perform very well, and true to expectation, election data was transmitted without any hitch. We are doubly proud to have been a part of this legacy.”
BGAN is a highly portable global satellite communications solution that offers simultaneous voice and broadband data connectivity with speeds of up to 492kbps. Using a lightweight and compact communications terminal, the service is simple to set up and use. Singtel’s ConnectPlus IP VPN service enables companies to communicate seamlessly and cost-effectively between their offices around the world, with coverage in more than 65 destinations, including major Asian, European and US cities. Singtel is the number one provider of IP VPN solutions in Asia Pacific (excluding Japan). For more information, please visit
May 2016 MANILA, PHILIPPINES
WIT Philippines supports COMELEC in providing satellite connectivity to the transmission of election returns.