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Singapore: The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development’s Working Group on Technologies in Space and the Upper-Atmosphere, launched a report, Identifying the Potential of New Communications Technologies for Sustainable Development.

The Working Group, chaired by Rupert Pearce, CEO, Inmarsat, found that satellite and high altitude systems offer significant advantages for expanding broadband coverage in developing countries as well as driving solutions essential to meeting the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition to their broad coverage, versatility and reliability, deployment of these systems can be relatively quick, cost-effective and environmentally responsible.

More than half the world’s population remain unable to connect regularly to the Internet. The Working Group’s report explains that new space-based and upper-atmosphere technologies, including High Throughput Satellites (HTS), massive Non-Geostationary Satellite Orbit (NGSO) constellations, and High-Altitude Platform Stations (HAPS) systems can help address this challenge, by bringing reliable broadband connectivity across the globe, including to the hardest-to-reach corners of the Earth.

The report is a collaborative effort of several Commissioners and Working Group Members, which concludes that governments and other stakeholders should support policy decisions that will promote further development and adoption of space-based and upper-atmosphere technologies. The report classifies its recommendations in three categories, covering spectrum, regulation and technology, which together can help these technologies move toward their full potential for aiding the realisation of the SDGs.

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