Universal Digital Access Already a Top Global Priority, Now More Urgent Due to COVID-19
The world is undergoing an extraordinary technological revolution in satellite and high altitude communications. A dramatic increase in broadband capacity across the globe, spurred by new technologies, (including recent innovations in broadband High Altitude Platforms (HAPs)), is bringing the promise of reliable and affordable broadband connectivity to the hardest-to-reach corners of the Earth. At the same time, now accentuated by the global COVID-19 crisis, HAPs are also positioned to enable new capabilities and applications in areas already connected to the global network, helping drive down access costs for many people.
Issue Four focuses on HAPs’ role in helping achieve the aggressive goals of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while creating a new, innovative and cost-effective solution towards connecting the 3B people who today do not have access to the Internet.