June 28, 2017
The biggest challenge to providing universal access to socio-economic development in Africa is in providing people with affordable, reliable and ubiquitous access to ICT. Depending on their circumstance, people have many different requirements ranging from:
• Access to basic services which enable significant improvements to their daily lives
• High-Speed uninterrupted access that enables video, social media, OTT to demanding digital citizens and mission critical services for international businesses
• Mobile access that enables remote and mobile workers who need connectivity to move with them.
• Secure networks that allow sensitive and confidential information to be communicated in confidence
• Communication Service Providers, Large Enterprise, Governments and the Third Sector each face differing challenges in provisioning networks that will provide their stakeholders with access to ICT that will enable fulfilment of their objectives
Today, Satellite provides Mobile Backhaul Push Data Services Linear and Non-Linear TV Converged Media Broadband Services Many M2M Services.
By 2025 over 100 High Throughput Satellite Systems will be in orbit delivering Terabits of connectivity across the World using Ku and Ka bands.
C-band Satellite alone is essential in the delivery of key services:
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• Meteorolical: C-band is central to the operation of meteorological networks in tropical and remote areas
• Healthcare: connectivity for hospitals and medical centres in rural areas depend on C-band coverage as they remain out of reach of terrestrial networks
• Humanitarian: C-band facilitates the delivery of $3.2 billion of humanitarian aid to Sub-Saharan Africa
• Government: In Nigeria government network projects using C-band are estimated to generate cost savings of $70 million per year
But Satellite will not answer Africa’s connectivity agenda alone. The satellite sector needs support from policy makers and regulators to support an enabling environment. Terrestrial network solutions are often the best solutions in certain environments. One thing is for sure, Smarter Networks will be the most effective approach to Network Developments that will improve affordability, quality of Service and Reliability. Smarter Networks combine terrestrial and Satellite infrastructures seamlessly to ensure the best solution is applied to the right environment.
FutureSat Africa is an initiative conceived by the global satellite industry key players with the intention of bridging the relationship between Satellite and Terrestrial service and technology providers. While the summit showcases developments in the satellite sector, it invites input from the fibre, mobile and wireless industries and brings policy makers, regulators, Network Operators and major end users together to reveal the challenges and highlight the opportunities presented when key industry players collaborate for the greater good.
FutureSat Africa is a two-day, high impact agenda driving positive interaction between high-level attendees from across Africa. Ministers, Regulators, Communication Service Providers and Major End Users from across Africa along with a carefully selected number of international Solution Providers.
The innovative programme will start with a networking Launch Night followed by two full days of Case Study keynote Presentations, Smarter Networks Awards, Panel discussions, Round Table and Workshop sessions. Networking and interaction will be supported throughout the summit with a dedicated event website and app.