Connecting the Unconnected A special podcast series from On Orbit We are on the brink of a new frontier – a world in which everything and everyone will be transmitting data over the network. Businesses, IoT devices, personal communications devices and more will all be part of this ubiquitous global network, which has the potential to transform our society through connectivity. In order to realize the benefits of a connected world, all people, even those who live or work beyond the reach of terrestrial solutions, must be able to access the Internet – reliably and affordably. Our series examines how satellite is essential to connecting the unconnected, and powering our connected future. Connecting the Unconnected: Part 6 The Future of Connectivity For our sixth and final episode of our special podcast series, “Connecting the Unconnected,” we’re joined by Hughes Vice President of Corporate Marketing Arunas Slekys and Senior Vice President of Engineering John Corrigan for a conversation about the future of global satellite communications. During the conversation, we discuss how broadband connectivity is more than just a technology issue – it’s a fight for global economic equality. We also talk about how the rollout of 5G services could impact the development of satellite hardware and ground terminals. Connecting the Unconnected: Part 5 The Regulatory Landscape with Jennifer Manner Satellite is an important part of bringing connectivity to users wherever they are. The regulatory choices that are made by governments can assist in bringing connectivity to users. Satellite spectrum is an invisible asset that is invaluable to us as a society. While it covers the planet, spectrum is actually scarce. How is the spectrum supply managed? In this special episode of our six-part podcast series, “Connecting the Unconnected,” EchoStar Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Jennifer Manner examines the spectrum, funding, and other decisions that impact the ability of satellite providers to meet the demands of users on both sides of the digital divide. Connecting the Unconnected: Part 4 In the Air, On the Ocean, On the Move Many Americans report being online “constantly,” and hyper-connectivity behavior follows consumers wherever they go, now even reaching airplanes and cruise ships. Analysts at Euroconsult predict a 200% increase in connected aircraft during the next eight years. In our latest in the series “Connecting the Unconnected,” Reza Rasoulian and Royce Hernandez of Hughes Network Systems share the latest developments in connectivity solutions for aero and maritime customers. Connecting the Unconnected: Part 3 When Disaster Strikes (Tony Bardo, Dan Brown) In the third episode of our special podcast series, “Connecting the Unconnected,” Hughes Network Systems’ Tony Bardo and Dan Brown join a discussion about the vital role that satellite technology plays in emergency services and disaster recovery, and the difference it has made in some of the most infamous disaster situations in recent years. Connecting the Unconnected: Part 2 Changing Lives with Affordable Community Wi-Fi Internet Access (Vinay Patel, Wilson Azevedo, John Holguin) We do a deeper dive on satellite-enabled Community Wi-Fi solutions and how they are creating affordable internet access around the world. Guests examine the socioeconomic challenges and benefits to bringing remote communities online, the various models for Community Wi-Fi, share stories and testimonials from communities and discuss the role Facebook is playing to expand access. Connecting the Unconnected: Part 1 Connecting Rural and Hard-to-Reach Populations (Dave Rehbehn, Mark Wymer) We examine how technologies, current and future, help bridge the connectivity divide. Our conversation addresses the viability, potential, and timing/impact of solutions like LEO/GEO, cellular backhaul, Community Wi-Fi, and 5G – what’s helping now and how, and what’s to come over the next 5-10 years. Community Wi-Fi: Education, Healthcare, and Economic Equality (Jeffrey Hill, Dave Rehbehn, Peter Gulla) Dave and Peter provide a boots-on-the-ground viewpoint on the role of both existing and new constellation satellites for providing affordable access – from cellular backhaul to community Wi-Fi to the deployment of new GEO and LEO assets. The trio also talks a bit about Hughes’ own community Wi-Fi program and its utilization of community advocates and entrepreneurship, as well as how the industry as a whole can advance understanding of the value of satellite in the connected future.