French Polynesia’s Office des Postes et Telecommunications (OPT) has signed a new and expanded contract with Intelsat for Ku-band satellite solutions on Intelsat 18, located at 180° East.
In 2008, Intelsat designed a Ku-band beam on Intelsat 18 for OPT to provide coverage to all of French Polynesia, including the Cook Islands. The new multi-year agreement will enable OPT to further expand its wireless infrastructure to meet the fast growing mobile broadband and Internet needs of businesses and communities in the more remote islands of the archipelagos located in the South Pacific.
Jean-François Martin, President and Chief Executive Officer, OPT, said: “The optimised performance of Intelsat 18 provides a complement to our terrestrial infrastructure which will enable OPT to further extend its network, increase its business and, more importantly, provide reliable internet connectivity to the citizens of French Polynesia, reducing the digital divide between Tahiti and the remote islands.”
“Access to fast, reliable internet connectivity is vital to driving economic growth and improving the quality of life for all communities,” said Terry Bleakley, Regional Vice President, Asia Pacific, Intelsat. “Given the terrain of French Polynesia, satellite is the only way to connect remote islands to the mainland, and help telecom providers scale their networks to meet growing business demands. We look forward to working closely with OPT and its subsidiaries to expand their networks so that more people across French Polynesia can receive mobile and Internet connectivity although the islands are spread out in the Pacific Ocean.”