Power

Providing power to the towers

06 November 2019

Pollution, climate change and the environment have all, for want of a better expression, long been “hot topics”.

Whether it’s the abundance of plastic in the oceans, the emission of greenhouse gases, melting icebergs or the way mobile network operators (MNO) continue to use diesel, governments and multinational corporations are coming under increasing pressure to do their bit before we all hoisted by our own petard and perish like the dinosaurs.

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Satellite

Satellite is the answer for the two largest continents

06 November 2019

Soon broadcast, telecom, data and Internet broadband signals will be bouncing back and forth from a satellite located at the 17°E orbital position. 

The satellite, AMOS-17, is the newest member of Spacecom’s multi-regional fleet providing services to Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

For the fast-growing populations and economies of Asia and Africa this is an excellent sign as satellite communications represents the future. 

On August 6, 2019, from Cape Canaveral in the U.S.A., Spacecom’s AMOS-17 communication satellite soared upward towards its orbital position upon a SpaceX Falcon-9 launch vehicle.

Some 30 minutes after launch, the satellite separated from the launcher’s second stage and, as planned, began its contact with ground stations.

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Q&A

Q&A: Anshoo Gaur, STL – Network Software

06 November 2019

Anshoo Gaur, CEO, STL – Network Software

Anshoo Gaur, CEO, STL – Network Software

When was your big career break?

For me, a career is an evolving and continuous process. I don’t believe in big career breaks.

 

What is the best thing about your job?

Primarily, I consider the ability to lead and define the future solution for arguably the most dynamic industry in the world today – telecommunications – as the best thing. Secondly, my job allows me to unleash the talent of the youth and channelize it in the direction that can help change the world.

 

What is the hardest thing about your job?

Getting customers to acknowledge that the changed operating context requires them to adopt a different set of platforms, practices, partners and mindsets is the hardest thing. The customers know that something has got to change but are not able to figure out what it is. The challenge for them is identifying the best way to offload legacy platforms, practices and mindsets.

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Talking satellite

GVF… in Conference: Satellite “Ascendancy” Compared

06 November 2019

Martin Jarrold, chief of international programme development, GVF

Martin Jarrold, chief of international programme development, GVF

I should begin this latest column by explaining my choice of sub-title.

It is not meant to be a pun on the ascent to orbit of satellites atop launch vehicles.

I am not intending to explore launcher flight dynamics, or to extoll the virtues of particular launch site locations over others (though, of course, equatorial launches are the most advantageous for several reasons, including that satellites intended to attain geostationary orbit, e.g., communication satellites, must have zero inclination with respect to the equatorial plane).

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