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Global Satellite Coalition Launched to Protect Industry Interests

By James Walsh | March 16, 2018

Six of the world’s satellite industry associations have established the Global Satellite Coalition (GSC), an international group through which targeted initiatives will be coordinated and implemented with the combined support of member companies based around the world.

The coalition will drive industry priorities with one voice, unlocking opportunities for industry growth and ensuring the future for millions of stakeholders who depend on satellite-based solutions. The GSC’s ultimate objective is to secure an ecosystem that allows every world citizen to be connected.

The founding partners of the GSC include the following organizations: the Brazilian Association of Satellite Telecommunications Companies (Abrasat); the Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Council (APSCC); the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA); the EMEA Satellite Operators Association; the Global VSAT Forum; and the Satellite Industry Association (SIA).

Responding to the pace of change in the digital world and demands for connectivity, the GSC aims to foster awareness and understanding of satellite industry innovations and their implications for spectrum and regulatory policymaking and market development.

The GSC’s priority is to advocate the role of satellite in achieving complete connectivity from contributing to the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Broadband Commission’s connectivity objectives to realizing the “network of networks” required for 5G. In addition, it will work on ensuring satellite services are an essential element of national broadband strategies, universal service programs and disaster preparedness efforts.