Talking satellite

09 July 2021

Martin Jarrold, chief of international programme development, GVF

Martin Jarrold, chief of international programme development, GVF

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Pandemic… It is with us still, affecting everyday activities, impacting everyday decisions, circumscribing the scope of our endeavours. It has changed us; what we choose to do, what we can do, and what we are permitted to do.

Like many people since March last year, I have been doing a lot of workrelated “Zooming”. Virtual space has replaced aerospace and I have come to appreciate that webinars do have certain advantages. Of course, whilst there is something of an urge to return to real events, and to having human interaction with satellite industry colleagues and partners again, this will not be a return to “normal”. We cannot yet grasp what the climb out of successive lockdowns might be like; the progress of global vaccines distribution and availability is far from equitable; and, the world won’t be “normal”.

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5G and beyond – the future of mobile networks

09 July 2021

Jaco du Toit, Head of Sales for Mobile Networks SAV at Nokia

Jaco du Toit, Head of Sales for Mobile Networks SAV at Nokia

While the pandemic is far from over in most countries, the effects of COVID-19 have rocked countries and industries, serving as a catalyst to accelerated digitalisation, and creating new operating models across verticals. As enterprises and industries embrace this new way of doing business, traditional operating models continue to evolve into what has been deemed the new normal.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is also no longer a dream – as organisations digitalise in all shapes and forms. It has become a reality overnight, forcing CSPs to re-evaluate their operating models to support the increased demand driven by a sharp growth in demand for reliable connectivity to enable video conferencing, remote working capabilities, and access to remote education and telemedicine.

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Mission critical communications – it’s all about trust

02 July 2021

Mladen Vratonjic, chair, The Critical Communications Association (TCCA)

Mladen Vratonjic, chair, The Critical Communications Association (TCCA)

Users of mission critical communications typically operate in environments and/or circumstances that are dangerous, challenging, and perhaps even life threatening. It is therefore essential that they need to trust the communications services that support them. In extreme situations, the communications channel is of vital importance – it can literally mean the difference between life and death.

For communication services to be truly mission critical, they need to be available always and everywhere. Natural disasters, terrorist attacks, road, rail or air accidents can happen anywhere - it is impossible to predict when and where incidents will take place. Therefore, excellent geographic radio coverage is the most important aspect for high service availability. The mission critical network must be resilient, with redundancy, fallback options and off-network communications capability. 

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The powerful pull of a home number

01 July 2021

As an industry, we have solved many problems for our customers and created some amazing technology that we can offer them, from the device hardware, the app software or the network infrastructure.

However, now is the time for us to work harder to tap into their emotional needs with solutions such as a digital MVNO we can both connect people and help them to maintain their emotional connections.

As a species we like to move, to travel and to explore new opportunities. Most cultures celebrate the intrepid explorer and most families have a member that got ‘out’. For some, travel is a luxury that is afforded to them, while for others they travel to find new employment or lifestyle opportunities elsewhere, as a necessity.

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