Ateneo de Davao starts own satellite services to improve internet connectivity in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY – Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) has started its satellite services program in a bid to provide internet connectivity to remote areas in Mindanao.

(Photo courtesy of the Ateneo de Davao University/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Dr. Rogel Mari Sese, chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering of AdDU, said the AdDU Community Connectivity Empowered by Satellite Services for Mindanao Program (ACCESS Mindanao) “is an advocacy and research program of ADDU that aims to provide internet connectivity to remote and isolated areas of Mindanao through the use of satellite technology.”

“In light of the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) pandemic, there was a surge in demand for connectivity to be put in place quickly in order to accommodate students and communities during their shift to online learning,” Sese, program leader of ACCESS Mindanao, told Manila Bulletin.

He said the project officially started in October, “but we have been working on pre-planning and

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