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Speedcast Provides Connectivity for Hospitals in Papua New Guinea

By Annamarie Nyirady | May 17, 2019

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Speedcast International is providing the Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority, in Papua New Guinea, with a custom private C-band Very Small Aperature Terminal (VSAT) network for more reliable, cost-effective connectivity for several local hospitals. This solution aims to help ensure consistent internet service and reliable hospital to hospital communications.

Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority required high-availability internet and a Wide Area Network (WAN) connectivity solution at Mount Hagen Hospital in Papua New Guinea (PNG), as well as at other district and provisional hospitals.

“Speedcast worked closely with us to create a solution that would fit our specific connectivity and budget requirements,” said the Chief Executive Officer of the Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority, David Vorst. “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.” Mr. Vorst went on to say that telemedicine, teleradiology and telepathology are important aspects of quality patient care and become extremely critical in countries such as PNG where there are few specialist doctors outside Port Moresby. For example, the Speedcast network allows doctors to send x-ray or ultrasound images to anywhere in the world so they can have these reported to support the diagnosis made by clinicians in areas where there are no radiologists.