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Offline Internet for Remote Areas (OIRA) Geostationary Broadcast Satellite

The idea behind OIRA is that much of the Internet is actually unchanging just like the words and pictures in a book, or gradually changing as we experience in our daily newspapers. Such information does not actually require bi-directional communication but merely an accessible “bookshelf or newsstand”. Considering that having such information accessible would benefit the people in the remote sites, it is our intention to establish a one-way delivery service to digital “bookshelves and newsstands” which is the OIRA Service.

We are open to all solutions. Our current thoughts on the technology aspects are:

  1. Content shall be reference and/or sourced from the master data cache of the Free Wi-Fi project’s System Management and Access (SMA) Service, as the content of the master cache may be assumed to be representative of what the general public uses most, and of course other public service websites.

  2. The slave caches of the SMA may also receive the broadcasted data to reduce backhaul traffic carried by the various connectivity services (i.e. IPTD, IPTM, and IPTS services) that could contribute to better overall service for online users at already connected sites.

  3. The system should use open standards, not dissimilar from the Free-To-Air TV broadcast system, that will use commonly available systems, and allow anyone to design and build compatible receivers. New standards are not ruled out.

  4. Receivers should use commoditized equipment/sub-systems/components such as those used by terrestrial and satellite digital broadcast, personal computing, and mobile phone industries. Portable, low power and possibly solar powered receivers should be feasible.

  5. Content should be made accessible from the receivers through standard Wi-Fi connectivity, using a regular web browser, and the offline nature of this service should be essentially transparent to the user.

With respect to the financial aspects, our thoughts are:

  1. The data broadcast component would be implemented by the Free Wi-Fi project as a managed service provided by a telecommunications franchise holder, preferably using domestic earth station facilities to negate the necessity of international backhaul and its attendant costs, and to promote local residency of content.

  2. Receivers shall be designed and manufactured by the PH electronics industry as an appliance for sale or for lease to the general public, government, and the private sector.

As we hope to begin procurement within 2015, we request that you reply on or before Friday, October 2 by e-mail to submit.rfi@icto.dost.gov.ph. Furthermore, to ensure we do receive your valued reply, please also FAX a copy to +632 426-1525.

Context/Objectives

In relation to our previous post on our Request-For-Information dated 02 October 2014, the Information and Communications Technology Office (ICT Office) of the Department of Science & Technology (DOST) has proposed as part of its 2015 budget the project “Free Wi-Fi Internet Access in Public Places” which has as its target beneficiaries all Class 4-6 municipalities.

This second RFI is being issued to gather information in our anticipation of the possibility that the Project could be extended to all municipalities and cities, we are also requesting for data on Class 1-3 municipalities. Data on the cities are requested for the purpose of considering them as second level distribution points. http://icto.dost.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Free-Wi-Fi-Project-TOR.pdf

http://icto.dost.gov.ph/request-for-information-on-free-wi-fi-internet-access-in-public-places/