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Satellite Internet in the Grenada

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The Caribbean island of Grenada is located in the southeast of the region and comprises six other, smaller islands. Grenada lies northwest of Trinidad and Tobago and northeast of Venezuela and has a population of just over 107,000 people. The island is known as the ‘Island of Spice’ and for good reason as it is a major producer of nutmeg and mace – that’s 20% of the world’s nutmeg supply. It also produces a variety of other spices such as cinnamon, cloves, ginger and allspice. Tourism is critical to the Grenadian economy and continues to grow. The island attracts visitors from around the world due to its varied geography of mountains, lakes, springs, rainforests and unspoilt beaches as well as eco-tourists. However, the region has suffered at the hands of extreme weather events. In 2004, Hurricane Ivan hit the island causing the destruction of around 90 percent of Grenada’s homes. Then, in 2005, Hurricane Emily struck and caused around $110 million worth of damage.

Like other islands in the Caribbean, the use of the Internet and mobile broadband is gradually increasing. However, on the island of Grenada, there is a need to improve infrastructure in order to extend the reach of cellular networks and Internet access across the island. In 2016, Internet penetration stood at 38.8%. Though an increasing amount of people are having the Internet installed in their homes, there is still work to do in terms of pushing the percentage of users up. LTE services are gradually being rolled out across the island, as is happening across the Caribbean, and a lot of Grenadians do access the Internet on their mobile phones. Use of mobile phones is increasing, as it is across the region, but it is important that the infrastructure is in place to enable it to be used.

VSAT Services in Grenada

Satellite connectivity can play a significant role in the development of communications across Grenada. Firstly, it can provide a cost-effective and highly reliable form of connectivity that remains unaffected even during adverse weather events such as hurricanes. Satellite terminals operate independently of any ground infrastructure meaning that they can provide connectivity even when other forms of communications are lost. For an island such as Grenada that is prone to such events, this is indispensable.

Using VSAT networks, satellite-based technology can also provide broadband access to Grenadians that are as yet unconnected, opening up the wealth of information and resources that the Internet brings, giving people access to cost effective VoIP and also financial and governmental resources to improve their standard of living. Satellite also provides valuable cellular backhaul links for mobile operators who would otherwise struggle to reach more remote parts of the island and can increase their subscriber bases with a fraction of the cost in comparison with the construction of towers in hard-to-reach places. Satellite provides links for enterprises that are based away from urban centres, helping them to tap into all the benefits that broadband brings including helpful tools such as videoconferencing and the global marketplace.

BusinessCom Networks has a wealth of experience in the delivery of satellite-based solutions for rural and underdeveloped areas. Our knowledgeable team can deliver a solution tailored to the specific requirements of the customer and can offer tools that will help them to make the very best of their network. Our in-country technicians are on hand to install and assist customers and we provide round the clock assistance and advice. We will even manage and run the network for you, giving you peace of mind that you have the very best solution to meet your exact needs.

Key features

Key differentiators of BusinessCom VSAT services in Grenada are:

  • Broadband Internet access
  • Toll quality VoIP and Videoconferencing with CIR
  • Reliable SLA through FDMA and D-TDMA
  • Star, Mesh and hybrid Star/Mesh topology networks
  • Full support of accelerated VPN, CITRIX, ERM and other business applications
  • Highly secure operation with optional AES embedded encryption
  • Global C-Band coverage and sub-Sahara Ku-Band
  • Landing at top tier redundant IP facilities in Western Europe and United States
  • Sentinel-based QoS, bandwidth management and optimization platform

With a population of over 51 million, South Korea is located in the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. The country is home to dramatic, mountainous landscapes, coastal plains, rolling hills and valleys. The country has gone through a great transformation, to become a technological powerhouse and a global provider of electronics and other high technology products and also vessels such as cruise ships.

South Koreans have a very urban-based lifestyle and the country is very technologically advanced with an educated and skilled workforce. The country is the world’s largest spender on R&D and is renowned as an innovator.

As a technological nation, one would expect to see high levels of smartphone adoption and networks that can accommodate this usage. South Korea boasts the highest smartphone ownership in the world and there is excellent 4G LTE coverage across the country. South Korea also has the world’s fastest Internet speed overall, and both mobile and fixed line infrastructure delivers high speeds. The country is also making its move towards 5G and network tests are currently being carried out in areas of Seoul.

South Korea is very well connected, especially in urban areas, where the majority of the population live, but there are still areas of population that are not yet connected to the Internet and this is something that can be addressed using satellite-based solutions. The South Korean government has placed great emphasis on the use of broadband for essential services such as e-government, e-health and e-learning and has used this to good effect. To take these services to those who do not currently have access in more remote locations across the country, satellite provides an ideal, cost-effective solution. BusinessCom is a leading provider of VSAT broadband services for areas that are currently not connected by terrestrial connectivity means. VSAT terminals are easy to deploy even in mountainous and inhospitable areas where it is impossible to put down terrestrial networks. They allow the full range of IP services, enabling communities to enjoy the benefits that broadband brings to urban areas.

For mobile broadband, BusinessCom can provide connectivity for rural mobile networks where Mobile Network Operators can struggle to access, bringing more ubiquitous connectivity in remote regions of South Korea. Delivery of 2G, 3G and 4G services is made easy and the infrastructure is completely independent of local infrastructure.

With the deployment of 5G on the cards in South Korea, satellite will also have an important role to play in terms of providing coverage in areas that are more difficult to reach.

Though South Korea is a very well connected and technologically advanced country, there is still some requirement for the delivery of services in the more hard to reach areas. Satellite-based solutions from BusinessCom provide easy, scalable and cost-effective access to the broadband connectivity that is so important to our modern world. BusinessCom can provide full assistance at every step to tailor a network that suits your requirements whether you are a business, governmental organisation or community.
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