Talking Satellite

‘Zoom’ing in on a Global Digital Ecosystem

16 November 2020

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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Talking Satellite

Serving underserved communities

08 October 2020

“The Digital Divide remains despite years of debate about solutions to bridge it.” This was the opening statement of the pre-event description for the latest in the GVF Webinar Series, organised in association with the Satellite Evolution Group (https://www.satellite-evolution.com), and held on the Zoom platform every two weeks. 

The ‘Serving Underserved Communities’ (https://gvf.org/webinar/serving-underserved-communities) webinar took place on 27 August and featured panellists representing Kacific Broadband Satellites, Gilat Satellite Networks, ViaSat, and SES. If you missed the discussion you can still access the recording by clicking on the above link.

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LEO Satellites

Is LEO taking off?

10 August 2020

Cellular networks might appear ubiquitous these days but they have their limitations. No matter how good the coverage statistics are, they never cover 100 percent of the land, and very little of the sea. So if you need genuinely global communications then you need to look at satellite solutions.

There are many vendors who offer satellite connectivity and even plenty of firms with satellites in orbit, but before you worry about that, you have a choice to make – GEO or LEO.

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Airtel Africa

Airtel Africa empowers entrepreneurs across sub-Saharan Africa through digital solutions

07 July 2020

There is no doubt that digital technologies will enable sub-Saharan Africa to overcome many of its challenges. This is because they present a solution to the lack of physical infrastructure, while also opening up the digital economy. E-health, E-education, E-energy and E-agriculture are creating endless opportunities for African entrepreneurs.

Everything is converging to make digital technology the main driver of economic and social development. Airtel Africa is committed to supporting pioneering enterprises, focusing on digital solutions to serve low-income communities across sub-Saharan Africa.

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