29 October 2018, Sydney, Australia – The “Global Satellite Coalition” (GSC), established by six of the worlds leading satellite industry associations today announced that the Satellite Services Working Group (SSWG) of the Communications Alliance of Australia, a group of satellite services-focused companies active in the Australian market, has joined the Coalition.

Including the Australian group will allow the satellite industry coalition to leverage the local resources and expertise present in companies based in or serving Australia and its neighbouring countries. Australia is already home to important satellite initiatives such as the launch of two dedicated Ka band satellites by NBN to serve local communities across the vast Australian landmass, which are located outside the reach of other connectivity solutions.

Together, the membership of the GSC Associations spans the globe, reflecting the total coverage of satellite through the combined support of hundreds of member companies based in every world region.

“The SSWG has regularly advocated for local and global consideration of the spectrum needs of satellite operators, in pursuit of the interests of their many millions of customers worldwide. Given the new challenges faced by our industry today, we are delighted to be part of the GSC to work together towards our common objective.”

– John Stanton, CEO of Communications Alliance and Chair of SSWG at Comms Alliance Next Gen Satellite Focus Forum.

The founding partners of the GSC include Abrasat (Brazil); APSCC (Asia Pacific); AVIA (Asia Pacific) – former CASBAA; ESOA (Europe, Middle East, Africa, CIS); SIA (USA), and GVF (global).

The GSC’s priority is to advocate the role of satellite in achieving complete connectivity from contributing to the UN’s 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.

For more information, visit www.gscoalition.org



About the SSWG of Communications Alliance:

The SSWG is part of Communications Alliance, the primary telecommunications industry body in Australia. The SSWG brings together a group of 20 players working in the satellite communications space in Australia. Its members are: Australian Private Networks (APN), Coutts Communications, Foxtel, FreeTV, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Ipstar, nbn, Omnispace, OneWeb, Optus, Orion Satellite Systems, Pivotel Satellite, SES, Skybridge, Space Systems/Loral, Speedcast, Step Electronics, Telstra and ViaSat.

For more information, visit www.commsalliance.com.au