Chinese, Thai partners expand satellite connectivity for UAVs

China’s satellite infrastructure company China Great Wall Industry Corp (CGWIC) signed a MoU with Thaicom Public Company to support the expansion of connected devices including unmanned vehicles. The companies will cooperate in the area of application development for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and BeiDou—China’s proprietary Global Navigation Satellite System (BDS). The deal is part of Thaicom’s plans to diversify its business and enter the emerging next technology markets through the integration of space, air, ground and maritime networks.

Anant Kaewruamvongs, Chief Executive Officer Thaicom, commented: “With the fast growing number of connected devices, terrestrial networks alone cannot keep up with the dramatic growth in data traffic and requirement for everywhere connectivity in the digital age, where a vast number of emerging new markets and services need to be accommodated. Space and airborne communication infrastructures are the backbone of the smart connected solutions for the emerging digital ecosystem on the ground. Therefore, our next generation service platform seeks to integrate space, air, ground and maritime networks for agriculture, telecom and government services.”

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