We are IT Philippines Inc and Forsway partner to deploy satellite broadband services – enable free government-sponsored Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide, accelerate roll-out of 3rd Mobile Operator

Manila and Stockholm, November 8th, 2018: Forsway, a leading global specialist of innovative solutions for providing high quality broadband services to underserved regions via satellite, today announced it is partnering with We are IT Philippines, Inc. / WIT Philsat for their first joint project in the Philippines. The two companies are combining their expertise to help DICT facilitate and deliver on roll-out of the “Juan Konek Free Wi-Fi in Public Places Project”. Forsway and WIT PhilSat are furnishing the government-sponsored project with rapid deployment of cost-efficient satellite broadband services and expertise from WIT PhilSat, enabled by next generation Odin F-50 satellite routers from Forsway and IPSTAR satellite capacity.

  • Providing Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) with tools and technology for quick, cost-effective roll-out of broadband services for public hotspots
  • Powering comprehensive project with leading satellite broadband services from WIT Phils, high-performance routers from Forsway and IPSTAR satellite capacity
  • Ready to deliver mobile backhaul service with aggregated bandwidth of up to 50Mbps per base station for the emerging 3rd Telco in the Philippines

The partners are providing tools and technology enabling the Philippines’ aim to close the digital divide. Roll-out has started with the first sites in the southern island of Mindanao – with the project aimed at enhancing Internet accessibility for Filipinos to accelerate economic, social and educational opportunities and supporting an “Internet for all” strategy.

Free public Wi-Fi is being made available in public plazas and parks; public libraries, schools, colleges and universities; rural health units and government hospitals; train stations, airports, and seaports; and national and local government offices.

-Joseph P. Maddatu, CEO, WIT PhilSat,” As the leading provider of satellite broadband services in the Philippines, WIT Philsat is extremely pleased to be a part of this important initiative aimed at enriching the livelihood of millions nationwide. We are committed to delivering the quality services that will enable DICT to provide internet access and a better quality of life for today and tomorrow.”

” We have chosen to partner with Forsway on this benchmark project based on the business benefits of Forsway’s high performance satellite modem. Forsway’s robust technology will help us provide quick deployment and furnish cost-effective satellite broadband services for meeting the demands of our very critical portion of the expansive government project.

-Tobias Forsell, Managing Director at Forsway,” In our first commercial deployment with PhilSat, we are excited to deliver the Forsway Odin F-50 high performance satellite router to furnish enhanced service delivery for public services. Our mission is to enable broadband services for billions of users globally still lacking sufficient internet access and help bridge the digital divide in many regions. We are proud to be a part of this exciting initiative in the Philippines.”
Forsway’s unique, next generation Odin F-50 router technology combines existing terrestrial technologies with satellite to provide highly cost-efficient broadband, with a core focus on serving hard to reach markets.

The new “Free Wi-Fi in Public Places” service will be available 24/7 and will use Hotspot 2.0 technology throughout the network. According to DICT, use of managed services sourced as service subscriptions from the private sector will be the primary means of implementing the project.

About We Are IT (WIT) / PhilSat Global
We Are IT Philippines Inc. (WIT) is the leading Satellite Broadband Service Provider in the Philippines. We Integrate solutions with leading edge products and world class service for the delivery of robust and dependable managed networks. We have over a decade of experience operating Teleports and advance VSAT stations in over 30 countries in the Asia Pacific. In the Philippines, WIT provides vital satellite communications infrastructure for mission critical civil and military entities of the government. It also provides emergency communications management response in times of disaster to all sectors of society.
Enterprises continually rely on its infrastructure to connect to field offices in both urban and rural areas. In fixed and mobile satellite communications management, WIT is the single point of contact (SPOC) for a large number of Telecommunication/Carrier, Multinational, Multilateral and non-governmental organizations. WIT is a member of the Global VSAT Forum and the World Teleport Association.

About Forsway Scandinavia AB
Forsway provides innovative solutions for combining satellite with existing terrestrial technologies – enabling broadband services for the large demographics of users in emerging markets lacking reliable internet access. Forsway’s unique technology eliminates the need to deploy additional network infrastructure, creating significant time and cost savings for operators and service providers. Follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook.

Leslie Johnsen
Communications Director, Forsway
M: +47 4145 8043