Recent years have seen rapid growth in radio and satellite solutions moving beyond niche solutions to expand connectivity on a global basis, with new use cases such as backhaul for 5G and IoT, new applications ranging from digital financial services to healthcare and smarter cities, and more economical ways to connect the unconnected in rural areas. New developments in satellite technologies, such as small satellites, LEOs, HAPS and non-GSO constellations, are opening up new markets, with innovative new players joining the top established names. Can these new ways of providing connectivity revolutionize global – and affordable – access? Who are the main stakeholders taking a lead, and which models and markets are being developed? What are the main current technological, regulatory and policy challenges? Do innovative partnerships and cross-sector collaboration hold the key to non-terrestrial connectivity?
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