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GOLDEN BOOK : STAKEHOLDER COMMITMENTS AND INITIATIVES


ID 8061732
Entity SWANsat Holdings, LLC
http://swansat.com
Entity Type Business Sector entity : 1
Country International
 
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A. Commitment title
Bringing a Shareware Telecommunications Model to Global Delivery of Broadband Services


B. Description
SWANSAT is a constellation of high powered geosynchronous orbit (GSO) satellites licensed for global provision of two-way broadband services utilizing six GHz in the W-band from as many as twelve GSO slots. The first spacecraft in the USD$10 billion program is planned for deployment in mid-2010. We propose bringing a shareware open telecommunications model to satellite-delivered telecom¬munications to those who cannot afford to pay the costs of for services, which will include VoIP telephony, email, and text messaging delivered through a battery operated or fuel cell powered handset. SWANSAT operates within the context of a non-profit structure. Its sponsoring company is privately held by charitable trusts whose primary beneficiaries are a consortium of non-profit organizations tasked to sponsor support of charitable projects on an international basis. Prices and fees will be structured according to local economic models.


C. Commitment Announcement
Place and date of official launch:
WSIS Tunis 14-18 November 2005
ITU-BDT Seminar Tunis 21-24 November 2005

Person or organization making announcement
William Welty, Manager
SWANsat Holdings, LLC


D. Context
The UNICT Task Force formulates “strategies for the development of information and communication technologies” (Plan of Action of the ICT Task Force, ¶2 at http://www.unicttaskforce.org/about/planofaction.html) around the globe, but has not actually been charged with developing operational capacity or implementing telecommunications capacity on any level. Instead, the Task Force builds on emerging activities “by helping to coalesce and scale up these efforts and by facilitating and supporting coordinating and collaboration” among stakeholders. Accordingly, the Task Force isn’t tasked—pardon the pun—with doing anything other than to facilitate discussion to meet the special needs of the least developed and low-income countries as “the principal focus and benchmark for all activities of the Task Force” while at the same time working “to ensure sustainable results and the harmonious development of a global network society”.

As a means to implement these objectives, we propose bringing to bear a shareware “open telecommunications” model to the satellite-delivered telecommunications industry in order to build at least one bridge across the digital divide utilizing the SWANsat System, a constellation of high powered geosynchronous orbit (GSO) satellites licensed for global provision of two-way broadband services utilizing six GHz in the W-band from as many as twelve GSO slots. The first spacecraft in the USD$10 billion program is planned for deployment in mid-2010.

We propose bringing a shareware open telecommunications model to satellite-delivered telecom¬munications to those who cannot afford to pay the costs of for services, which will include VoIP telephony, email, and text messaging delivered through a battery operated or fuel cell powered handset. SWANSAT operates within the context of a non-profit structure. Its sponsoring company is privately held by charitable trusts whose primary beneficiaries are a consortium of non-profit organizations tasked to sponsor


E. For more information
Website (URL) :
http://swansat.com

Other information:


F. Geographical coverage

International

 1

Global, except north and south polar regions


G. Timescale
2006 : 1

First internet services available January 2006, with first spacecraft launch in mid-2010


H. Activity type

Project

 1

Programme

 1



I. Partnership
SWANsat is licensed by the Republic of Nauru for frequency and orbital slot assignments.


J. Financial commitment
Greater than €100m : 1
















 

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