Hello. As you've heard, I'm Mark Posen of RPC Telecom. I'm very pleased to have the
opportunity to talk to you about one of the most exciting developments in satellite
telecommunications for a long time.
I was involved in Satellite Personal Communications, albeit in a relatively peripheral
role, from the early days. I lead the project team of ETSI which studied the early proposals
and identified where standardisation and regulation was needed in Europe to facilitate the
free movement of equipment through the Union and to ensure that European regulatory
requirements were met. I'll speak for around 45 minutes and then we'll have some time for
"Beam me up, Scottie!" The pocket-sized personal communicator has long been the
stuff of Sci-fi...
So, where does this story start? Well, we are all very familiar with these particular
gentlemen (Star Trek crew). They have a very well developed communications system. They are
in permanent communications contact (except when necessary to develop the plot) with their
ship wherever they are... in space... on the surface of a planet or even deep below its
surface. Their "personal communicator's" are an essential part of their day-to-day
lives and they really couldn't function without them, but does any of this have any
relevance to the real World?
First a question. What do these people have in common?
- A businessman traveling in Africa
- A farmer on a Pacific island who exports his crops in a volatile international market
- The director of an emergency team dealing with an earthquake in South America
- Or even an IEE lecturer, stuck in a cutting on the M25 and late for a presentation!
Well, let me put a question to you first of all... (slide) [apart from being a very
contrived set of individuals that is] well...
They need access to good communications
- Independent of where they are
- Independent of time of day
- Independent of infrastructure availability
They need Personal Communications!
Satellite Personal Communications Networks (S-PCN) can provide this now (almost!).
(slide) How do we define "PERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS"? well, we'll go on to see...
first though, let me outline the structure of my presentation.
PP Presentation Outline
- Concept - the personal communicator
- Proposals - specific plans
- Implementation - Who? How? When?
- The future...
First I'll review the CONCEPT - what do we mean by PERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS? What is
involved? How does S-PCN fit in? Then I'll look at some specific PROPOSALS real commercial
projects - NOT R&D - being implemented right now I'll look briefly at how S-PCN will be
IMPLEMENTED and then finally attempt a bit of crystal ball gazing to look at THE FUTURE.