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March 07, 2011

NewCom Launches VideoMeetings Application for Latin America and Africa
By Carolyn J Dawson
TMCnet Contributor

NewCom International, a global satellite communications firm committed to fostering education, advancing healthcare and promoting economic development, has recently announced the launch of its Internet based Rural Education Package through satellite for Latin America and Africa regions.

The rural education package includes a combination of satellite-based internet connectivity, Web filters, virtual teaching services, world-class educational materials from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, NewCom’s VideoMeetings application that facilitates a virtual interactive classroom and SafeAccess service which protects against viruses and enables governments or educators to block access to certain online content.

In a release, the Director of Sales and Business Development for NewCom International, Dora Mejia, said, "While partnering with governments, NGOs and private-sector businesses to bring high-speed internet connectivity to rural communities and schools throughout Latin America and Africa, we recognized the need for an affordable, turnkey educational solution that would provide the one-stop answer they need. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is the recognized world leader when it comes to quality educational content.”

Mejia continued, “By partnering with them and their distributors to bundle a comprehensive suite of online educational programs with our internet connectivity, VideoMeetings and SafeAccess services, we are able to provide the complete package necessary to ensure students living in the most remote corners of the globe can access a world-class education."

NewCom’s Rural Education Package, an affordable, turnkey solution is expected to greatly benefit governments, NGOs, foundations and private sector businesses interested in improving education in rural, developing regions throughout Latin America and Africa.

NewCom's Rural Education Package includes iDirect's (News - Alert) Evolution Platform, which comes equipped with ACM (Adaptive Coding and Modulation) in order to ensure service continuity despite rain or other weather interferences in the storm-prone regions of Latin America and Africa; the platform also works on small antennas and offers built-in bandwidth optimization features to ensure the most affordable solution possible.

A recent partnership with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), a global education leader offering comprehensive online reading, math, social studies and science curriculum meeting with international standards, has enabled NewCom to promote educational advancements in rural developing regions through Internet connectivity and its VideoMeetings service delivered through iDirect, to provide end-to-end solution for educational systems which can be taught in a classroom or even remotely.

The Executive Vice-President, International at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Terry Nealon, added that, "Strategic partnerships, such as this one, allow HMH to deliver complete educational solutions which help students and teachers reach their full potential. HMH's best-in-class digital curriculum resources and technology platforms, combined with NewCom's ability to meet the challenge of internet connectivity in rural areas, makes for a powerful partnership, with the potential to dramatically improve the quality of resources available to educational communities all over the world."

Carolyn John is a Contributor to TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please columnist page.

Edited by Janice McDuffee


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