Thursday, 26 July 2018 12:28

Sky and Space looks at Caribbean market for satellite comms

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Australian-listed satellite company Sky and Space Global is stepping up its efforts to bring nano-satellite based communications to the Caribbean.

Sky and Space (ASX:SAS) — which plans to deploy a constellation of 200 nano-satellites over the Equatorial Belt — is in discussions with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) exploring service possibilities to the Caribbean region.

The company says its Nano-satellite narrowband services to the Caribbean region would be provided by its Pearls constellation once deployment commences in 2019, supporting the SAS business model of providing connectivity to equatorial locations such as the Caribbean, where these services are required.

In 2017, SAS successfully launched its "3 Diamonds" nano-satellites as a proof of concept, with the timetable calling for launching a constellation of 200 nano-satellites beginning next year with full scale deployment by 2020.

Sky and Space says the commercial discussions with the CTU are focusing on the offering of a full range of connectivity services in the Caribbean region which currently lacks the necessary infrastructure.

The company says the inter-government treaty organisation is responsible for supporting the development of the ICT sector in the Caribbean and has assessed the suitability, applicability and possible use of the SAS narrowband platform throughout the region.

According to Sky and Space, some of the motives for the Caribbean countries' pursuit of affordable communication services such as nano-satellite based communications relate to the efforts to use ICT in agriculture (e-agriculture) in a way that supports the achievment of the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development goals such as economic development, social inclusion and environmental protection.

“Providing affordable connectivity to the unconnected is key for driving digital inclusion and economic growth in the developing world and for tackling poverty and improving education and healthcare," says Meir Moalem, chief executive and managing director of SAS.

"SAS is the first company to successfully use narrowband connectivity provided by nano-satellites to deliver a voice call, text messaging and financial transactions capabilities, among other world firsts. The discussions with the CTU constitute a significant step for securing additional strategic partnerships for the company’s constellation of nano-satellites."


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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