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South Africa: Intelsat SA Joins GSMA To Encourage Integration of Satellite And Terrestrial Solutions

Intelsat SA, the operator of the world’s first Globalized Network and frontrunner in integrated satellite communications, has announced its recent collaboration with GSMA, the organisation that represents mobile operators globally, to further strengthen the merger of satellite and terrestrial technologies and advance 5G installations.

Intelsat has become a full member of the London-based GSMA. The association brings together over 750 operators with more than 350 device and handset makers, equipment providers, software companies, internet companies and organisations from adjacent industry sectors.

Satellites have a proven record of enabling terrestrial mobile networks to effortlessly, cost-effectively and seamlessly deliver connectivity in and around towns as well as to more rural and remote regions.

With the demand for broadband proliferating, the installation of entirely integrated, hybrid satellite and terrestrial networks will be crucial to meeting the demand cost-effectively and efficiently.
Combining the strengths of different technologies under one reliable system will boost the development of the 5G network infrastructure.

This will offer much-improved connectivity to a world that is in constant motion and also expand opportunities for the whole MNO ecosystem, a goal that is shared by both the GSMA and Intelsat.

Intelsat’s General Manager of Networks and Vice President, Jean-Philippe Gillet said that as 5G comes into the market, the industry needs to must capitalise on the advantages of multiple delivery technologies in order to satisfy the connectivity demands of communities and businesses around the world.
He added that by joining the GSMA, Intelsat would continue to build new working relationships and invent business models that will boost the growth of more powerful mobile networks.

The Vice President of Intelsat pledged to work even more closely with companies from all across the mobile ecosystem and build strong partnerships that combine the strengths of satellite and terrestrial technologies and design the hybrid networks that promote the cost-effective deployment of mobile connectivity globally.

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