Why Aren't We Actively Pursuing Satellite Connectivity?

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why arent we actively pursuing satellite connectivity

By Richard Firth, CEO, MIP Holdings

Since it became available to the public in the 1990s, the internet has revolutionised daily life so much so that today you need the internet to do everything from watching TV to making a phone call. According to data fromthe International Telecommunication Union (ITU), 67% of the worlds population, equivalent to 5.4 billion people, are now online. In fact, there has been ongoing progress in global internet connectivity, with the number of people worldwide without access to the internet decreasing every year.

The mobile network operators and fibre providers have spent the past few decades building the networks that allow 45.34 millionpeople in South Africa to access the internet. Our penetration numbers are even higher than the global average, with 74.7% of the countrys population having access to internet services.

Unfortunately, the growing ubiquity of internet access is mostly limited to urban areas. Those in rural areas have far fewer options, with no access to fibre, and spotty mobile coverage. Even where there are cell phone towers, internet access can be a challenge. Load shedding, for example, interrupts service regularly. Satellite internet has started filling this gap, allowing people in rural areas to access reliable, always-on connectivity. In fact, satellite is also becoming the back-up solution of choice for companies who cannot afford any downtime, particularly in light of the recent unreliability of fibre networks as a result of multiple breaks in the undersea cables feeding South Africas fibre networks.

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