This January, Daniel Gizinski, Comtech’s Chief Strategy Officer – Defense, and Richard Swardh, Comtech’s Senior Vice President of Premium Enterprise and Mobile Operators, spoke at the annual Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) conference to detail Comtech’s mission to connect the unconnected, democratize access to communications technologies, and empower people around the world with assured, ubiquitous connectivity.
Daniel participated in the Satellite Leaders Lunch Panel at this year’s conference to discuss the transformation of satellite communications in the Asia Pacific region as well as the convergence of space, satellite, terrestrial, and wireless technologies, and the opportunities it provides to connect the world.
“As a global technology leader with over 50 years of differentiated experience across space, satellite, terrestrial, and wireless communications, Comtech is focused on providing assured and ubiquitous connectivity to users across the globe,” said Daniel. “In challenging geographies like the Pacific, satellite connectivity remains a preferred choice. Indonesia, for example, continues to invest in satellite infrastructure to support connectivity for a population spread across more than 80,000 villages on over 6,000 inhabited islands.”
As well, Richard Swardh spoke during the World Teleport Association Workshop.
His comments highlighted the importance of managing multi-orbit (low earth orbit, medium earth orbit, geostationary orbit) connectivity for commercial and government customers looking to seamlessly roam across networks.
“Today’s satellite solutions look very different from just a few years ago,” said Richard. “Today, Comtech can serve a variety of critical use cases that are needed across commercial and government markets. This includes everything from delivering satellite-based emergency communications to handheld cellular devices, to assured, high-bandwidth satellite connectivity to a number of people in geographically challenging regions, like the Asia Pacific.”
Richard also highlighted Comtech’s unique ability to deliver connectivity to areas of the world that are currently unserved or underserved with cost efficient and high-performance connectivity solutions in Comtech’s quest to democratize communications access for everyone, everywhere.
“Access to satellite connectivity is especially important in the Pacific and is used frequently by Mobile Operators to backhaul cellular data from other remote regions in the world,” said Richard.
Today, Comtech is already delivering satellite connectivity to areas throughout the Pacific and our satellite technologies provide critical infrastructure that allow for high-quality connectivity anywhere in the world.
“As we look to new opportunities in the industry, the convergence of space, satellite, terrestrial, and wireless technologies will fundamentally change the connectivity landscape for the world,” said Daniel. “Take Indonesia as an example. While satellites connect each island today, local connectivity still relies heavily on terrestrial and wireless capabilities, especially in today’s mobile dominant world.”
As Daniel shared during the PTC conference, Comtech sees tremendous opportunities to connect the unconnected as connectivity technologies converge—operating as a unified network.
“This isn’t just an idea anymore—we’re already starting to see satellite, terrestrial, and wireless technologies converge in the United States,” said Daniel. “Over the summer, we saw multiple companies announce partnerships to provide cellular devices with access to satellite connectivity. The new iPhone 14 for example, can now access emergency connectivity via satellite where terrestrial and wireless cellular coverage is not available.”
True satellite/terrestrial hybrid networks, based on open standards, will allow users to seamlessly roam across terrestrial and satellite or space connections. Comtech believes this convergence will unlock connectivity for the entire world as well as the Asia Pacific. Hybrid networks open the door to a nearly endless number of applications and can deliver connectivity to locations that have historically been underserved or completely overlooked.
Daniel and Richard’s discussions at this year’s PTC conference provided new opportunities for collaboration, especially as it relates to the advancement of hybrid networks.
“PTC provides a unique opportunity to convene with a global audience with the focus of advancing information and communication technologies in the Pacific Rim – one of the most dynamic and challenging geographies in the world,” said Daniel.
PTC is a global non-profit organization promoting the advancement of ICT in the Pacific Rim. Visit the PTC website to learn more.
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