Engaging with the industry's dialogues

16 March 2021

With the conclusion on 3 December of the GVF-Satellite Evolution 2020 Webinar Series we are now planning the 2021 schedule. Whilst 2021 may at some point see a return to the joys of the visa applications, airport security queues, busy departure lounges, and boarding delays associated with international travel, I doubt a full return to the world as it was pre-pandemic: busy schedules of international travel to attend exhibitions, contribute to meetings, and address conferences.

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BSNL deploys ST Engineering iDirect’s dialog platform to connect remote Indian islands

17 February 2021

Remote Indian islands are being connected 

Remote Indian islands are being connected 

India’s state-owned telecom giant company BSNL will deploy solutions from ST Engineering iDirect to augment satellite bandwidth to the Indian islands of Andaman, Nicobar and Lakshadweep.

The deployment is part of a Universal Service Obligation (USO) project funded by the country’s Department of Telecommunications. Utilising the Newtec Dialog platform to provide internet and 2G, 3G and 4G services, the connectivity will boost social and economic activity to islands that previously had limited access to bandwidth.

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Etisalat launches 4G LTE service

10 February 2021

Etisalat Afghanistan, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi’s Etisalat Group, has launched  4G LTE services in the country’s northern Balkh province.

The introduction of the fourth-generation technology means customers in Mazar-i-Sharif can now enjoy up to 10 times high-speed internet at the same price as their 3G plans.

In a statement, the operator said the launch would also enable customers to choose from a wide range of 4G LTE data plans.

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‘Zoom’ing in on a Global Digital Ecosystem

10 February 2021

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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