In The News – July 2022
Unpacking the African Landscape for Satellite Services
ViaSatellite recently published an article on the Business Model Challenges of the Africa Landscape as applicable to large-scale satellite services. The article provides some insight into the challenges to deliver broadband satellite services to the Africa market as well as outlining the difference between Africa market and the global market.
It continues to outline some metric of the potential market target markets and possible options to successfully launch services in Africa.
Read More Here: Unpacking the African for Satellite Services
What Will 1700 satellites per year mean for Africa?
The next ten years will see a race to deploy the first mega-broadband constellations, plus a new constellation for real time earth observation.
The development of LEO constellations such as Starlink and OneWeb, and MEO constellations, such as SES mPower, will introduce a new range of satellite services to Africa and further exorcise the old myths about slow, expensive satellite services beset latency issues. mPower MEO will provide very high capacity 400Mbps point-to-point links at 150msec latency.
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Enabling Tele-Medicine facilities in the Northern Cape Province
The University of Pretoria Medical School developed a tele-medicine solution and collaborated with the Northern Cape Department of Health for the initial deployments. The solution integrates the patient visits to the local clinics, patient records, and medical history, the clinic tele-practitioner actions, remote diagnostic equipment and regional specialist support into a seamless platform. The University also provides medical training to the “clinician” to lead the on-site clinic activities.
Read More Here: Tele-Medicine facilities in the Northern Cape
Did You Know?
The Sputnik Satellite of the USSR was the first satellite to orbit Earth on 4 October 1957. A satellite about 58 cm in diameter, about 83.6 g, travelled 29 000 km/hour!