Sky and Space (ASX:SAS) — which plans to deploy a constellation of 200 nano-satellites over the Equatorial Belt — is in discussions with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) exploring service possibilities to the Caribbean region.
The company says its Nano-satellite narrowband services to the Caribbean region would be provided by its Pearls constellation once deployment commences in 2019, supporting the SAS business model of providing connectivity to equatorial locations such as the Caribbean, where these services are required.
In 2017, SAS successfully launched its "3 Diamonds" nano-satellites as a proof of concept, with the timetable calling for launching a constellation of 200 nano-satellites beginning next year with full scale deployment by 2020.
The company says the inter-government treaty organisation is responsible for supporting the development of the ICT sector in the Caribbean and has assessed the suitability, applicability and possible use of the SAS narrowband platform throughout the region.
According to Sky and Space, some of the motives for the Caribbean countries' pursuit of affordable communication services such as nano-satellite based communications relate to the efforts to use ICT in agriculture (e-agriculture) in a way that supports the achievment of the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development goals such as economic development, social inclusion and environmental protection.
“Providing affordable connectivity to the unconnected is key for driving digital inclusion and economic growth in the developing world and for tackling poverty and improving education and healthcare," says Meir Moalem, chief executive and managing director of SAS.
"SAS is the first company to successfully use narrowband connectivity provided by nano-satellites to deliver a voice call, text messaging and financial transactions capabilities, among other world firsts. The discussions with the CTU constitute a significant step for securing additional strategic partnerships for the company’s constellation of nano-satellites."