Sky and Space Global is the first company to use nano-satellites to build a proprietary communications network in the equatorial belt which will deliver affordable communications services for businesses operating in this region, and for people living in emerging markets.
The company plans to launch a constellation of 200 nano-satellites by 2020, which will help provide full coverage of the equatorial areas of South America, Central Africa, and Southeast Asia.
Chief Technical Officer and one of the company’s founders, Meidad Pariente, explains that Sky and Space Global is about “bringing affordable, basic communication services to the tropical region”.
Cellular and terrestrial infrastructure is often not found in rural areas and as Pariente explains, this is a challenge as there are many in these areas who are smart and in need of these services but have no access to the infrastructure.
Sky and Space Global aims to close the gap with its services by bringing access to basic communication services to rural areas that are high in need.
The company currently provides services in Latin America, Mid-Africa, Southeast Asia and even in the air and in space.
Pariente explains that technology currently allows for such services, although they are still too expensive. That, he explains, is why they have tapped into nano-satellite technology, which has allowed them to build a network of routers in space which reduced the overall costs.
“Everything is digital, reducing the overall cost of putting actual infrastructure and operating in space by five percent than companies currently providing connectivity.”
“Users can access basic communication needs which are making calls, doing financial banking, calling medical services, buying electricity and monitoring health care in cities and with our services it will be almost in real time” adds Pariente.
In the past four months, Sky and Space Global launched their first three satellites called the “3 Diamonds”. Pariente adds that the constellation is called “the necklace pearls”.
They also demonstrated the world’s first mobile phone conversation using nano-satellites. Pariente explains that they “built a very small device that is actually a hotspot that provides a local wifi hotspot for your mobile and lets you download our app, and boom! your phone becomes a satellite phone and is used just like any other app on your phone.”
Pariente shares that the advantages of having a satellite phone means one can be connected anywhere, while also reducing data costs, making the service affordable to everyone.
The company hopes to connect with local service providers and create partnerships with companies wanting to reach global areas.
The company may be young, but has already been listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and is currently searching for strategic investors to help grow them and take them to another level. They already have 7 000 stockholders, who they call “partners”.