Converge ICT used very small aperture terminals (VSAT) satellites in Siargao after the typhoon Odette hit the area to help the island have an emergency internet connection.
The move was done in partnership with the Municipality of Dapa. The said VSAT terminals helped gear up the command center and will also give support to the local government’s disaster response and recovery. The connectivity will also boost and improve the coordination for the deployment of relief goods and other services.
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In a statement, Converge CEO Dennis Anthony Uy said that their teams immediately went to the ground zero of Siargao to help set up the satellite equipment to assist the local government.
He added that internet connectivity can “spell the difference between life and death” during such times as people heavily rely on it as a mode of communication and organize all required efforts.
Long before, VSATs are being used to provide internet services to far-flung areas in the Philippines, especially in islands. The fact that it doesn’t use wires and cables to be connected on the main internet infrastructure means it’s much easier to deploy and put up.