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Thai Aerospace and Rivada partner for advanced satellite connectivity

Rivada's OuterNET will solve essential connectivity and networking challenges and open up new opportunities for business communications globally.

Thai Aerospace Industries (TAI), headquartered in Bangkok, has joined forces with Rivada Space Networks to introduce cutting-edge and secure connectivity services to Thailand’s commercial, military, and general aviation sectors, extending their impact globally.

Rivada’s revolutionary “OuterNET” encompasses a global low-latency point-to-point network featuring 600 low earth orbit (LEO) satellites. This next-generation constellation integrates inter-satellite laser links with advanced onboard processing, establishing an optical mesh network in space. Notably, this “orbital network” ensures that data remains in space throughout its journey, providing an ultra-secure satellite network with pole-to-pole coverage and significantly lower end-to-end latencies compared to terrestrial fiber over comparable distances. The physically separated network offers an additional layer of defence, making it an ideal solution for secure data sharing among widely distributed sites.

For TAI’s Government and Defense divisions, the implementation of Rivada’s OuterNET promises enhanced connectivity across their airfields. This translates into an easily deployable network with increased bandwidth and heightened security, contributing to more resilient and reliable communication services.

In addition to its role as an independent provider of aviation services in Southeast Asia, TAI plans to leverage OuterNET for better control and management of its aviation servicing centre. As TAI eyes expansion into the enterprise sector, the company’s existing relationships with telecommunication companies in Thailand position them to utilise OuterNET for delivering enterprise-grade connectivity globally.

Commenting on the deal, Chris Atswalongkorn, CEO of TAI, said: “We are very excited to leverage Rivada’s next-generation satellite connectivity to expand our services across the defence, aviation and enterprise sectors. The OuterNET is a fully interconnected orbital network which effectively serves as a private network in space, capable of routing traffic at gigabit speeds from one satellite to another with no need for a gateway on Earth. We see this as the key infrastructure for the development of the telecom sector in Thailand and beyond.”

Declan Ganley, CEO of Rivada Space Networks, added: “We are delighted to be supporting Thai Aerospace Industries to expand their reach and services. As a completely new type of LEO constellation, the OuterNET allows satellites to go beyond their traditional role of ‘gap-filler’ and our fully inter-connected space network, independent of terrestrial infrastructure, is rapidly becoming the network of choice for secure, resilient communications and network expansion.”

With the first satellite launch scheduled for 2025 and global service set to commence in 2026, Rivada’s OuterNET is poised to address crucial connectivity and networking challenges, unlocking new opportunities for global business communications.

Rivada’s OuterNET will solve essential connectivity and networking challenges and open up new opportunities for business communications globally. The first satellite launch is set for 2025, with global service starting in 2026.