May 21, 2009

“Mobile VSAT” in ISPAB Digital March 2009 – Powered by ADN

When anyone thinks about mobile, a mobile handset or a handheld device will bound to come in his mind. So it will be quite unrealistic to think that how a VSAT can go mobile. This was what we had seen in Digital March 2009, an event organized by Internet Service Providers Association of Bangladesh (ISPAB) in association with BTRC to develop villages through Information Technology especially schools and colleges.

ISPAB Digital March 2009 was a 4-day (13-16 May) nationwide digital rally for raising internet, awareness, information security awareness and celebrating World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD)-2009. A fleet of 10 microbuses with mobile VSAT, high tech digital gadgets and logistics escorted industry IT Gurus from Dhaka to Chittagong.

They parked at 12 suburban and rural schools at Comilla, Hajigonj, Chandpur and Chittagong where they exhibited internet technologies, conducted tutorials on internet and information security, arranged Quiz contests and recreations.

ADN, a nationwide Internet and Data service provider, provided internet connectivity to this road show by a mobile VSAT. The antenna of 1.2 meter diameter was set into a custom build track. Only a slight modification in alignment was required while traveling from one place to others.

It reminds us the glory days of satellite communication. People of Bangladesh got the first taste of internet in 1996 thanks to the introduction of VSAT. Before submarine cable, satellite was the only means to reach internet in Bangladesh. Beside this, backbone connectivity for Mobile operators at the remotest places was done by VSAT not many days before. Also we can’t ignore the requirement of online banking and other services at places where wireless radio and optical fiber still failed to reach.

Now, all are talking about WiMAX, 3G, LTE or optical fiber. VSAT based service is seem to be ignored and forgotten. But note that, VSAT is still here and will stay for a long long time.


Anonymous said...

Mobile VSAT!!! Sounds interesting.

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