Remote communication and IT solutions provider Speedcast International is set to provide a custom private C-band VSAT network to the Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority in Papua New Guinea for cost-effective connectivity for local hospitals.

With the new solution in place, hospitals will have consistent internet service and communications.

The move comes following Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority’s requirement for high-availability internet and a WAN connectivity solution at Mount Hagen Hospital in Papua New Guinea (PNG), in addition to other district and provisional hospitals.

Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority CEO David Vorst said: “Speedcast worked closely with us to create a solution that would fit our specific connectivity and budget requirements.

“Thanks to Speedcast’s help, we can now bring a much-needed, reliable internet connection to Mt. Hagen and connect to our other Western Highlands regional and provincial hospitals reliably and at high speed.”

In partnership with the authority, Speedcast developed a customised MESH solution that guarantees service uptime of 99.5% availability.

The solution will bring better connectivity to each hospital and also allow other hospitals to connect to Mount Hagen Hospital.

Initially, Speedcast will provide 10/10 Mbps of internet connectivity to Mount Hagen Hospital and later on it will install a Mini-HUB solution to connect the remaining district and provisional hospitals.

Speedcast Enterprise & Emerging Markets executive vice-president Erwan Emilian said: “Since the Western Highlands province is in a very remote location within PNG, we decided a customised satellite network would provide the most reliable connectivity solution for the staff and patients at hospitals in the Western Highlands.”