Thursday 17 April 2008

ComStream provides $3.8 million IDR satellite earth station network to Tibetan Post and Telecommunication Administration

ComStream Corp. Tuesday announced that ComStream Canada has been awarded a $3.8 million contract to provide an internal communication network to the Post and Telecommunication Administration of Tibet (PTAT).
The project will interconnect five cities -- Lhasa, LinZhi, ChangDu, NaQu and Ali -- using INTELSAT's Intermediate Data Rate (IDR) service. The network will provide high-capacity digital voice and data communication services to a region where telecommunications is virtually nonexistent.

Li, director of PTAT's Planning Division, stated: ``ComStream has a long history in Tibet because the first earth station in Lhasa was purchased from ComStream in 1984 and has always performed very reliably. In 1993, ComStream upgraded it to an IDR station.''
Li added: ``China's Ministry of Communication (MOC) has a ComStream satellite earth station at Lhasa, as well, which is part of the MOC TDMA network -- considered the world's largest TDMA/DAMA network, while China's National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) operates a ComStream earth station at NaQu.

``The success of these implementations prompted PTAT to continue its partnership with ComStream. There is a huge potential for satellite communications in Tibet, and we are looking forward to developing more projects in the future with ComStream.''

Tibet has unique religious, political and logistical issues that pose challenges when addressing business and communication requirements. Remote, mountainous locations which have little or no infrastructure support can be reached only by days of driving in ruggedized vehicles.
Li added: ``China's Ministry of Communication (MOC) has a ComStream satellite earth station at Lhasa, as well, which is part of the MOC TDMA network -- considered the world's largest TDMA/DAMA network, while China's National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) operates a ComStream earth station at NaQu.

``The success of these implementations prompted PTAT to continue its partnership with ComStream. There is a huge potential for satellite communications in Tibet, and we are looking forward to developing more projects in the future with ComStream.''

Tibet has unique religious, political and logistical issues that pose challenges when addressing business and communication requirements. Remote, mountainous locations which have little or no infrastructure support can be reached only by days of driving in ruggedized vehicles

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