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Reliance Broadcasting goes nationwide with direct-to-home license

Taps KT SAT for latest satellite technology

Pampanga-based Reliance Broadcasting Unlimited Inc. (RBU) is going nationwide following the grant of a direct-to-home (DTH) license by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).

The DTH service will be powered by Korea’s satellite communications leader KT SAT, which provides satellite capacity and the latest technology.

RBU’s earth station in Pampanga

With the DTH license, RBU can now broadcast free-to-air channels such as PTV, GMA, RPTV, GTV, All TV, and 14 other “must carry” channels even to the most remote areas in the country.

KoreaSat 7 is designed to provide improved throughput and wider coverage over Korea, the Philippines, Indochina, India, and Indonesia with the steerable Ka-band capacity that can support further demand

RBU is also collaborating with various organizations to air public service announcements and education materials to all Filipinos from the northernmost provinces of Batanes and Ilocos to the southern Mindanao municipalities.

Atty. Frank Martin S. Abalos is the President of Reliance Broadcasting Unlimited (RBU)

“It has been a challenge to provide information to our people because the Philippines is an archipelago with over 7,000 islands. With RBU pivoting into a DTH operator, we’ll be able to do our share in giving access to crucial public information to more Filipinos as we try to reach every island in the country,” said RBU President, Atty. Frank Martin Abalos.

The NTC granted provisional authority to RBU late last year to provide DTH services throughout the Philippines.

RBU has contracted KT SAT, a Korea-based satellite operator and a subsidiary of KT Corp. (formerly Korea Telecom), as its satellite technology solutions provider for the service. KT Sat’s satellite resources cover more than 60% of the world’s land area, and provide satellite communication services not only in Korea but also throughout the world, including Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, India and Pakistan.

RBU will soon be rolling-out set-top boxes for those who are interested in availing its services.

Atty. Abalos noted that the DTH service of RBU complements the fiber internet services of its affiliate, Converge ICT Solutions Inc., since RBU will be able to provide broadcasting services to remote areas that cannot be reached by fiber optic cables, using satellite technology.

Converge is the largest fiber-to-the-home fixed broadband operator in the country with its fiber footprint covering over 700,000 kilometers across the country.