Located in Central America, Panama has a population of just over 4 million. It is bordered by Costa Rica, Colombia, the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. The country is home to jungle, mountains, diverse wildlife, rivers and lakes. The economy of Panama is very much service-based and commerce and trading dominates. Tourism is also a rapidly growing sector with European tourists flocking to the country to enjoy its diverse landscapes and wildlife. The copper and gold sectors are also in development and are backed by foreign investors.
The Panamanian government is engaged in efforts to improve Internet penetration which, in 2016, stood at 45.2%. The growth of the economy in panama has undoubtedly had a great impact on telecommunications in the country with plenty of international interest. The government is well aware of the importance of good communications infrastructure to the country’s economy and development and it has launched an Internet for All project which aims to give free wireless broadband access on a nationwide basis. There are also other projects such as the Broadband for Central America project which also aim to connect the as yet unconnected. Though there is still a long way to go, the government is working to push up the numbers of people who have access to the Internet which will give access to critical services such as healthcare, education, financial and governmental services. At present, in Panama, the price of high speed Internet access is high and is therefore often too expensive for many Panamanians. This is where the mobile phone has gained in popularity. For Internet browsing, the majority of Panamanians use smartphones rather than computers as it is more cost effective and the speeds are faster. Unfortunately, for those based outside of urban centres, access to either fixed line or mobile broadband become scarcer. Therefore, an alternative method of connectivity is required.
Satellite Internet Services in Panama
BusinessCom Networks have vast experience in the delivery of VSAT-based Internet services that can reach even the most remote areas of Panama. Satellite-based services require no infrastructure and therefore may be deployed anywhere at all, as long as they have a clear line of sight with the satellite that they are communicating with. They are cost-effective and can enable ISPs to extend their reach far beyond urban areas to increase their subscriber base and to take precious connectivity to outlying areas that can then benefit from a wide range of communications services including Internet browsing, VoIP, videoconferencing and access to vital services and information.
Satellite can also extend cellular services well beyond urban areas without the need to construct expensive cell towers. BusinessCom allows cellular backhaul services and even a rural telephony solution that can enable outlying communities to access GSM services no matter where they are – that is voice, data and video connectivity – at an affordable price. Mobile Network Operators can use BusinessCom’s cellular backhaul solution to expand their reach and transport voice and data traffic cost-effectively and in a scalable way.
BusinessCom’s expert technical staff are on hand to help to design and develop the best solution possible for a wide range of customers across Panama.
Key differentiators of BusinessCom VSAT services in Panama 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