Thursday, June 20, 2024

Cavite-based ISP signs up French firm to offer satellite broadband in PH

Bambu Wireless, a newly registered Internet service provider (ISP), announced on Wednesday, June 27, that it has signed a multi-year contract with France-based Eutelsat Communications to acquire capacity from its EutelSat 172B satellite.

The Airbus-built full electric EutelSat 172B satellite. Photo credit: EutelSat

Commercialized under the brand BambuSat, the capacity will be used for broadband, maritime, and government services across the country’s 6,000 inhabited islands.

Bambu Wireless said it will leverage Ku-band capacity on EutelSat 172B to offer a wide range of connectivity solutions for education, healthcare, agriculture and logistics across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao — a geographic area that stretches over 1,850 kilometers.

The ISP said BambuSat aims to bring “wireless connectivity through APNIC-registered, telco agnostic facility, and fully redundant tier 3 partnered-facility supported by TGN-IA, SJC, AAG, and EAC landing stations in its own-country-site earth station in Carmona, Cavite.”

Bambu Wireless said it offers connectivity solutions such as dedicated Internet services, bandwidth-on-demand, and other wireless applicable technologies to hotels, offices, and other high-rise commercial buildings in Metro Manila. Bambu Wireless hubs, it said, are strategically located in areas in Metro Manila.

Bambu Wireless CEO Simeon Sander III Dela Cruz said: “This agreement will allow us to benefit from EutelSat 172B’s exceptional coverage of the Pacific to overcome the significant connectivity challenges associated with the Philippine geography, bringing better Internet and VoIP services and ensuring communication needs are covered across the archipelago.”

Jean-Francois Fenech, CEO of Eutelsat Asia, added: “We are delighted to welcome our first Philippine customer, Bambu Wireless, on board EutelSat 172B, one of the region’s youngest and most powerful satellites. We look forward to expanding our business opportunities in the region.”


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