by Viktoria Urban
Our Space Café WebTalk “33 Minutes with the CITC Team – Perspectives and Glimpses of Connecting the World from Above” was held on Tuesday, November 1, to learn more about space in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Our guests were all from the CITC (Communication and Information Technology Commission of Saudia Arabia), which is also the organizer – in cooperation with the International Telecommunication Union and the Saudi Space Commission – of the 3-day forum ” Connecting the World from the Skies” which will take place in Riyadh from 8 to 10 November.
Our guests were Mohammed AlAbdulqader, GM Radio Spectrum Services, Mohammad AlJanoobi, GM Radio Spectrum Planning, Dr Abdulah AlJohani, Research and Innovation Consultant, and Abdulhadi AlHarthi GM Radio Spectrum Monitoring at CITC.
The talk begins by discussing how the integration of terrestrial and non-terrestrial networks provides more benefits. Through this integration, communication resonance can be enhanced and surface continuity enhanced.
“Connectivity from the sky, from space or from the air, has the ability to provide wide coverage by providing connectivity over areas that are expensive or difficult to cover compared to terrestrial networks,” said Mohammed AlAbdulqader.
Connectivity from the sky is essential to our daily lives. Satellites provide GPS location which we use for navigation for accurate timing sources and much more. However, air connectivity is also important, so CITC will auction the 2.1 gigahertz band by the end of this month for use in air-to-ground technology.
Satellite connectivity can also provide access to emergency calls, meaning there’s never an occasion where a device is not connected. Broadband connectivity is another crucial area as operators aim to provide coverage outside of urban areas and provide undisturbed services in the event of a disaster. Currently, CITC is working on all these different services simultaneously.
CITC believes that collaboration between global service providers and policy makers is really important. Operators looking to provide a solution that provides connectivity between different countries often face regulatory challenges. The CITC aims to bring together all experts, decision makers or policy makers to find a way to overcome these challenges.
Mohammad AlJanoobi also talks about the new legal system being launched which will provide much greater capacity than the current systems. It will enable emergency connectivity as well as low bandwidth services for mobile device connectivity.
A new challenge in space according to the CITC is posed by the massive number of satellites. First, it is becoming more and more difficult to launch satellites at lower cost in order to provide services at affordable prices. Second, orbital congestion means that it is difficult to secure orbital slots without incurring interference from other users.
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Viktoria Urban, Editor at SpaceWatch.Global: After graduating as a Journalist from Edinburgh Napier University, I am currently pursuing a degree in Astronomy and Planetary Science at the Open University (Scotland), this which reinforced my already existing love and enthusiasm for space. I am also a member and volunteer of several societies in Hungary and the UK and I also write online space content for several companies. I hope that my scientific communication will encourage many to find a job in the space sector, whatever their background, and will highlight the important issues to ensure a sustainable space environment for future generations.