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Affordability and accessibility are critical issues for satellite bandwidth in the Pacific

NZ team advises the Australian Government on regional issues

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, 16 May 2008 - The telecommunications consultancy Network Strategies Limited has produced a comprehensive analysis of the satellite market in the Pacific region on behalf of the Australian Government.

Our analysis examined both demand- and supply-side issues relating to the provision of international satellite bandwidth to Pacific Island nations. We found that potential demand for capacity will be increasing dramatically over the next five years, driven mainly by growing Internet use. The two critical issues facing the region are affordability and accessibility, and we suggested a holistic strategic approach – encompassing regulatory, technical and commercial aspects – to address both issues.

“Satellite services are a key element of any telecommunications strategy for Pacific Island nations, and will remain essential for the foreseeable future. No other technology is able to span the vast distances and provide a cost-effective service to many countries within the region,” commented Noelle Jones, Principal Consultant and lead author of the report. “Many of the nations we investigated are totally reliant on satellites to support and enhance their economic and social wellbeing.”

“The high costs of satellite connectivity are a major barrier to capacity building efforts in small Pacific Island nations,” said Dr Suella Hansen, the Auckland-based Director of Network Strategies. “Affordable communications are essential for economic development, but without economies of scale governments and operators need to focus on innovative strategies to grow the addressable market.”

About Network Strategies

Network Strategies works at the forefront of the telecommunications revolution, delivering advice and insight to operators, manufacturers and governments. From offices in Auckland, London, Melbourne and Wellington, Network Strategies staff provide strategic consultancy to clients throughout the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and North America, offering a complete global outlook on key issues affecting all players in the telecoms sector.

Media contacts

New Zealand:
Suella Hansen
Tel: +64 9 522 1702
E-mail: s.hansen@strategies.nzl.com
Australia:
Noelle Jones
Tel: +61 3 9830 0152
E-mail: n.jones@strategies.nzl.com

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