Shaping the future of satcoms

14 April 2021

Satellite has attracted many favourable column inches of late. From Starlink, SpaceX’s much-hyped satellite internet service to China’s mission to dominate space internet, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the technology is going through a renaissance. Indeed, the opportunities afforded by this method of communication is moving at speed in military and defence applications and broadband IP services, to name a few. However, the challenge has been that these advancements have coincided with performance gains enjoyed by other telecommunications systems.

So, with satellite having long been viewed as a technology belonging to a different era, is it  going to be playing catch up for a long time?

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‘Zoom’ing in on a Global Digital Ecosystem

14 April 2021

Martin Jarrold, chief of international programme development, GVF

Martin Jarrold, chief of international programme development, GVF

In my last column published here I began with the words “The Digital Divide remains despite years of debate about solutions to bridge it.” I was reflecting on the opening statement of the pre-event description for a dialogue in the GVF Webinar Series, organised in association with the Satellite Evolution Group (https://www.satellite-evolution.com/).

In this contribution I would like to draw attention to a discussion facilitated by another of GVF’s webinars to consider the problem of a variation, or rather an extension, of that divide… A divide with consequences and implications far beyond those encompassed within the usual framework of discussion about inadequate access to the technologies and services of modern digital communications… This is what I describe as the digitisation divide.

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TheAngle and ABS extend partnership in MENA region

14 April 2021

Satellite operator ABS and specialised network integrator TheAngle have extended their partnership in the MENA region, serving customers across the ABS’ MENA coverage at 75 degrees East. 

The expanded and upgraded services focus on the provision of secure and reliable communications services for government, military institutions and energy companies - oil and gas. For such industries, satellite remains strategic and the preferred solution to ensure quality communications, notably from/to remote locations and offshore facilities.

In general demand for satellite services in the MENA market remains robust, driven by increased activities in the traditional verticals of corporate data services and governmental applications, key applications carried over ABS satellites and TheAngle networks.

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‘Tanzanian telcos will reach all villages’

09 March 2021

Tanzania’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has ordered telecom operators to go nationwide and ensure their services reach all citizens, according to a government minister.

The companies have also been asked to improve capacity of their communication towers, especially in areas experiencing poor communication networks. Addressing Parliament in February, deputy minister, Eng Kundo Mathew said the government is determined to ensure the whole country is covered by stable communication networks.

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