Preventing “Kessler”, preserving LEO

11 October 2022

Martin Jarrold, vice president international programme development, GVF

Martin Jarrold, vice president international programme development, GVF

In my previous column I included some perspectives on the imperatives of bringing environmental law to space. In recent contributions elsewhere I have considered the importance of various issues pertaining to the sustainability of human activity in space, issues that are part of a wider core dialogue concerning preserving the entirety of the terrestrial and non-terrestrial environment surrounding us.

As well as better-managing Earth’s finite natural resources, preventing yet more environmental degradation, and behaving to preserve the planet’s current climate equilibrium, we must protect Earth’s vital orbital resources. In brief, space must remain sustainable.

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HCI launches first HTS broadband service across India

10 October 2022

Hughes Communications India Private Limited (HCI) has announced the commercial launch of India’s first high throughput satellite (HTS) broadband service.

The HTS broadband service delivers high-speed broadband across the country, including in remote areas beyond the reach of terrestrial networks. It supports applications including Wi-Fi hotspots for community internet access, backhaul to extend mobile reach, managed SD-WAN solutions, as well as satellite internet for small businesses.

The service combines Ku-band capacity from the Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO’s) GSAT-11 and GSAT-29 satellites with Hughes JUPITER Platform ground technology.

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Bharti Airtel and IBM to deploy edge computing platform in India

07 October 2022

Bharti Airtel and IBM have announced their intention to jointly deploy Airtel’s edge computing platform in India, which will include 120 network data centres across 20 cities. Once deployed, the platform will enable large enterprises across multiple industries to securely accelerate innovative solutions that deliver new value to their clients and operations.

Airtel’s edge computing platform, deployed as a hybrid environment based on IBM Cloud Satellite and Red Hat OpenShift®, extends secured and open cloud services wherever data resides. This can help improve business performance and customer experience by reducing latency. It also addresses data security and sovereignty requirements, which are vital as workloads increasingly shift to the edge.

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Kacific wins major service awards

07 October 2022

Kacific Broadband Satellites Group has been named as Most Accessible and Affordable Broadband Services Provider Singapore, as well as Best Broadband Satellite Operator Singapore 2022, at this year’s World Business Outlook Awards.

Kacific has brought efficient and fast broadband to hard-to-reach communities and has been recognised for its success in delivering affordable, accessible, high-quality services and infrastructure throughout the Asia Pacific region. Through local partnerships, Kacific has connected more than 1,900 education institutions and more than 260 medical centres, as well as a large number of business, government and residential sites.

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