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Rivada appoints Vice President of Sales for Asia Pacific

Chew has been working in telecom and satellite industries in Asia Pacific for more than 25 years.
Donald Chew

Rivada Space Networks has appointed satellite industry veteran Donald Chew as Vice President of Sales to lead commercial activities for the company in the Asia Pacific region. Chew will be based in Singapore.

Rivada is launching a global low-latency point-to-point connectivity network of 600 low earth orbit (LEO) satellites: the “OuterNET.” This next-generation architecture combines inter-satellite laser links with advanced onboard data routers to create an optical mesh network in space. This approach to “orbital networking,” in which data stays in space from origin to destination, creates an ultra-secure satellite network with pole-to-pole reach, offering end-to-end latencies similar to or better than terrestrial fiber. The first satellite launch is set for 2025, with global service starting in 2026.

Chew has more than 25 years of experience in the telecom and satellite industries in the Asia Pacific, including key roles in developing maritime and aero connectivity for Singtel and overseeing data and maritime projects for AsiaSat. For SES, Chew was responsible for growing revenue in new markets, including Indochina and Papua New Guinea. He was also responsible for developing special connectivity projects at Kacific, a company which delivers satellite broadband to isolated islands in the Pacific Ocean and Southeast Asia.

Speaking about the new role Donald Chew said: “I am excited to be joining Rivada Space Networks at this time when everything is on track to deliver an LEO network unlike any other. The OuterNET addresses the real market needs of enterprise and government customers in Asia and around the globe, utilising key attributes of low latency, high throughput and data sovereignty. I look forward to contributing my experience to bring this new opportunity in data communications to the Asia Pacific region.”