03/11/20231 Minutes

Satellite🛰 A Key Part of the Equation to Bridge the Digital Divide

In recent years, significant progress has been made when it comes to connecting people, but 2.6 billion people are still not online, with Asia Pacific and Sub-Saharan Africa having the highest numbers of unconnected people (85% of world total). In coming years, strategies and policies to enable further broadband adoption and accelerate digital inclusion will be key to transitioning to a more connected world and being in a position where bridging the digital divide becomes a reality.

The World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-23) is taking place at a time of rapid growth and innovation in the satellite communications sector following substantial investments in satellite infrastructure. With the arrival of next-generation satellites/constellations, SatCom will have a key role to play to help reduce the digital divide. Satcoms will continue to contribute to the availability of “better quality” packages for end users, as well as increasing affordability of services. Overall, the number of satellite broadband users is expected to more than double to 500 million by 2030. With the expected rise in demand for satellite services in coming years, ensuring adequate spectrum for satellite-based services is key.Webinar Registration