Speedcast provides enhanced connectivity services to NT


Tuesday, 05 March, 2024

Speedcast provides enhanced connectivity services to NT

Speedcast, a leading communications and IT services provider with longstanding roots in Australia, has extended and expanded its STARS (Satellite To All Remote Sites) program contract, providing connectivity services across hundreds of sites for the Northern Territory Government.

As part of the expanded scope, Speedcast has introduced its SIGMA edge compute platform, as well as high-performance LEO connectivity from Starlink, to enhance the existing geostationary satellite communications-based service. The new hybrid network will better meet the growing connectivity needs of multiple government agencies, including schools and distance education, emergency services, utilities, police, health, and parks and wildlife, across a sparsely populated area of 1.3 million km2.

Many of the STARS sites will benefit from the intelligent network and multi-path management tools SIGMA offers, as well as access to value-added services at the edge. Following a successful proof of concept, Speedcast introduced Starlink LEO connectivity to the managed solution as part of an overall shift to a hybrid connectivity approach. Network traffic lands at the NT-owned teleport operated and managed by Speedcast, located in Darwin. The fully managed service is backed by 24/7 support from Speedcast’s network operations centre.

“Reliable connectivity service is essential to a region like the Northern Territory, which we have served for more than a decade,” said James Trevelyan, Executive Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing at Speedcast. “Every technology advancement in the service we deliver to NT has a material impact on the people, businesses and government of the Territory, and we’re proud of the longstanding partnership that makes it possible.”

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