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Intersputnik joins Global Association of Satellite Operators

GSOA's mission is to promote satellite communications to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals and contribute to space sustainability.

Intersputnik International Organisation of Space Communications has gained full membership of the Global Satellite Operators Association (GSOA), a platform to promote satellite communication services and the common interests of satellite operators.

The association, formerly known as ESOA (EMEA Satellite Operators Association) used to focus on Europe, the Middle East and Africa. However, last month saw the expansion of the geography of the association’s activities, which was announced as a move to bring together new members among satellite operators from across the world. This is how ESOA transformed from a regional structure into a global one.

By bringing together national, regional and international satellite operators, GSOA represents the interests of the satellite community, advances industry interests, and advocates positions on key global platforms, in bodies and agencies in charge of regulation, standardization and development of future telecom networks. 

Intersputnik said that as activities are based on similar goals, the opportunity to work closer with GSOA is consistent with its new strategy approved in 2021. GSOA membership and the international status of Intersputnik, will support the implementation of Intersputnik’s satellite communication projects, in various regions of the world and increase the sustainability of space activities.

Ksenia Drozdova, Director General of Intersputnik, said: “Intersputnik sees its main mission in promoting satellite technologies as a vehicle for improving the quality of life for people, bridging the digital divide and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. We share the core values of GSOA, the goals set by the association and its guiding principles. As an international organisation uniting 26 countries and a holder of ITU Golden Member status, we are poised to contribute to the implementation of GSOA initiatives that respond to the most pressing challenges of today. It is particularly emblematic that Intersputnik joining GSOA coincided with the association’s move to the global level. We are absolutely confident that satellite communications as an integral part of the global ICT system are a powerful tool for addressing humanitarian, social, and commercial issues.”

Aarti Holla-Maini, GSOA secretary-general, added: “It is a critical moment for the industry and collaboration between operators will be key to advance global connectivity goals. GSOA is a step forward that will strengthen the role of satellite operators to speak as one in the digital ecosystem. Intersputnik’s membership will bring added value to the Association’s work and provides a platform for engagement with a broad community of countries.”

Besides Intersputnik, GSOA unites the following operators from different world regions: Airbus Defence and Space, Amazon Kuiper, Amos Spacecom, APT Satellite, Arabsat, Arianespace, Arsat, Astroscale, Avanti, Azercosmos, Echostar-Hughes, HellasSat, Hispasat, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Lockheed Martin, Mansat, Nigcomsat, Nilesat, Omnispace, OneWeb, Rascomstar, SES, SSI-Monaco, ST Engineering iDirect, Star One, Telenor, Telesat, Telespazio, Thales Alenia Space, Thuraya, Turksat, Viasat, and Yahsat.