RealTime IT News

Hongkong Telecom Plans Satellite Internet Services

Starting in May 1999, Hongkong Telecom (HKT) plans to offer multimedia satellite services to customers throughout the Asian region.

According to HKT, the new service will bring interactive multimedia to desktop units and corporate networks even in countries without developed cable infrastructures.

The new service will, through satellite broadcast, provide transfer of streamed and packaged voice, data and video.

"Multinationals using Multimedia Satellite Service gain competitive edge for point-to-multipoint data delivery in terms of bandwidth efficiency because charges are based on usage without fixed recurring costs," said Joseph Ma, HKT's director of international marketing.

"It is the economical solution many multinational corporations need to enable easy diffusion of large volumes of data to their office located in different parts of Asia," added Ma.

The new service can be used for corporate intranets, high-speed Internet access (up to 1,200 kbps), desktop distance learning, business television, software update and distribution, video storage and retrieval, and financial data and news distribution.

"As the service supports TCP/IP, it ill be compatible with bandwidth intensive applications which are based on the protocol," said Ma. "With the scalability of satellite transponder bandwidth, the service can meet customer needs today as well as tomorrow."

The satellite service is part of HKT's aNet program which is designed to connect Hong Kong companies to global business. aNet is one four integrated solutions being offered through HKT's Com21 business-to-business applications program.

HKT's share price on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong rose significantly last week because of speculation over whether the fixed network provider would pursue a listing on NASDAQ for its Internet services arm, Interactive Multimedia Services.