Satellite communications via Express-AM6 now available at healthcare facilities in the Perm Territory

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Billing Solutions LLC, a member of the Ka-Internet group of companies, has successfully completed the installation and connection of satellite communication complexes at health facilities in the Perm Territory. October 11, 2018 Billing Solutions LLC became the winner of the open electronic auction “Supply of equipment for connecting buildings (premises) of healthcare organizations, including rural health posts in the Perm Territory, to the information and telecommunication network “Internet communication channel over satellite”. The auction was conducted by the Ministry of Information Development and Communications of the Perm Territory.

The winner’s task was to install, by December 1, 2018, as many as 88 satellite communication complexes as part of a satellite station of the VSAT and WiFi type at health facilities in the most remote corners of the Perm Territory, where fiber-optic communication lines would be economically inefficient. Due to the use of high-tech Ka-band and the capacity of the modern Russian spacecraft Express-AM6, which is part of the RSCC orbital constellation, the satellite systems now provide data rates of 26/9 Mbit, which exceeds many times the requirements of the technical specifications for the auction participants (up to 5/1 Mbit).

The installation of the stations was carried out in difficult conditions, since the beginning of the freeze-up on rivers made it impossible to use ferries in some places while snowfalls seriously hampered traffic on country roads. However, all terminals were commissioned on or before November 25, 2018, which is five days earlier than the state contract prescribed. Local health officials immediately began to actively use the newly-available high-speed access to the network. At some sites, traffic reached 1-2 gigabytes per day.

The deployment of modern communication facilities at healthcare posts in the Perm Territory is another step in implementing the extensive government program “The Digital Economy of the Russian Federation”, adopted on the instructions of the President. Among other things, the program envisages the building of information and telecommunications infrastructure throughout the country to use telemedicine and the latest methods of diagnosis and treatment of Russian citizens.

Svetlana Sirotkina, General Director of Ka Internet Group: “It was our first government contract of such magnitude, and we are very happy to have fulfilled the government contract completely and in a timely fashion. Far away from major cities and in difficult environmental conditions, doctors and paramedics now have new opportunities for effective treatment of their countrymen. We are also very pleased that all the technical solutions developed by our engineers, and the service provided by RSCC, not only fully comply with the stringent requirements of the state contract, but also significantly surpass them."

In the words of Ksenia Drozdova, RSCC Deputy General Director for Business Development: “The capacity of the new Russian Express-AM series satellites is in high demand today in all regions of our country without exception to address a wide range of tasks facing various sectors of the economy and important projects in the social sphere. We are grateful to our partners from Ka-Internet Group for their high professionalism in building and enhancing innovative satellite communication networks, as well as their ability to embrace the ever-growing needs of users.”

Igor Nikitin, Minister of Information Development and Communications of the Perm Territory says: “Availability of Internet via satellite is vitally important for residents of remote communities. They now have opportunities to use the advantages of telemedicine, electronic medical appointment booking and state-of-the-art digital services. This year, 88 facilities have gained access to communication channel via satellite. Next year, the plans are more ambitious: we plan to provide via-satellite Internet to more than 100 first-aid posts across the Kama river area.”