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PEACESAT seeks to lessen the problems of the digital divide in
the Pacific Islands region by undertaking these five program activities:
ongoing policy, planning, and technology systems research
in development and civic service information and communications
technology in the Pacific Islands region.
organizations in assessing needs for information and communications
technology; identify the full range of policy, technical,
and management alternatives; and plan, design and implement
develop, and deliver "content" and programs.
several telecommunication networks and cross-connections
with other networks to promote the sharing of information
and resources among educational institutions, health care
providers, and other civic organizations.
education and training focused on developing ICT capacity
within the region.
Planning, Technology Systems Research
The high cost of telecommunications in the Pacific Islands region
remains a barrier to the use of ICT by civic service organizations.
The cost is in part a function of the vast expanse of the Pacific
Ocean and small market size that characterize the region, the absence
of a policy and governance infrastructure, a scarcity of technical
and policy resources, and others. PEACESAT conducts ongoing research
in policy, planning, and technology issues within the region, working
with policymakers and program personnel.
Development and Coordination
PEACESAT assists organizations in sharing cultural exchanges,
education, and accessing health care resources.
Organizations with ICT
PEACESAT assists organizations with ICT policy,
planning, technology systems, and management issues. The assistance
takes the form of direct policy suggestions, the development of
ICT plans, the analysis of alternative technologies, and the analysis
of ICT management support structures.
Services and Cross Connections with Other Networks
PEACESAT manages a telecommunications network that provides Internet
access, video teleconferencing and multipoint bridging, and voice
communication services. PEACESAT largely relies on the use of satellite
communications given the large expanse of the Pacific Islands region.
Beginning with the use of the U.S. NASA
ATS-1 satellite in 1971, PEACESAT has provided experimental narrowband
satellite communications to interconnect educational institutions,
health care organizations, governments, and other non-profit
Over the years, PEACESAT used a series
of satellites (ATS-1, ATS-3, GOES-3, GOES-2, GOES-7) provided
by the NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA) for development and public service telecommunications.
Today, in addition to using the GOES-7
satellite, PEACESAT also helps to interconnect Pacific sites
to others through:
links provided through a partnership with the American Samoa
Telecommunications Authority that has contributed capacity
for health care and education;
optics connections to Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern
Mariana Islands; Integrated Services Digital Networking (ISDN); and,
connections provided by the University of Hawaii such as an
OC-3 connection to the Asia-Pacific Applications Network (APAN).
Capacity Building - Education and Training
is committed to building local ICT capacity. The building of
local capacity is essential if organizations and countries
are to make progress in the productive and sustainable use of
ICT. It is important to avoid deploying technology without sufficient
research and training support. PEACESAT works in collaboration
with Pacific Island organizations and institutions to maximize
sharing and local-support of equipment and resources.