*This is an article by a coalition of the world’s satellite industry associations: ABRASAT, APSCC, AVIA, CA, ESOA, GVF and SIA. It was originally published in the recent ITU News Magazine edition “Managing spectrum for evolving technologies.”
In view of the emergence of technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G, the satellite sector is keen on highlighting its benefits for development initiatives.
ITU has many roles, but none more important than coordinating and regulating radio frequency usage across the world, which includes frequency bands used for both terrestrial and satellite services.
Satellite communications are everywhere, but all too often remain invisible to the general public, which is both an indication of their successful integration into the overall telecommunication market, and sometimes an obstacle to a proper understanding of their vital importance for an interconnected world.