GVF at the India Space Congress

05 December 2022

Martin Jarrold, vice president international programme development, GVF

Martin Jarrold, vice president international programme development, GVF

Since 1997 GVF has been committed to facilitating various initiatives in support of satellite and space, two of which – the globally benchmarked GVF Training & Certification programme and the GVF Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Response (HADR) collaboration initiative – were a feature of high level dialogue during the recent India Space Congress in New Delhi. GVF’s Pune-based lead on international programmes for capacity building, HADR & network validation, Riaz Lamak, speaking for GVF, commented: “in the case of a natural disaster, robust and swift communication is a vital necessity. GVF’s initiative is to facilitate and coordinate collaborations between all engaged stakeholders, including governments, NGOs and the satellite communications industry to enable every possible assistance in saving human lives.”

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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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