May 17, 2020

The August issue of Gigabit is now live!

Laura Mullan
1 min
For this month’s exclusive cover story, Gigabit speaks to Procter & Gamble to learn how the firm’s Pampers brand is blending compelling entertainment with cutting-edge ecommerce.
Welcome to the August edition of Gigabit!

For this month’s exclusive cover story, Gigabit speaks to Procter & Gamble to learn how the firm’s Pa...

Welcome to the August edition of Gigabit!

For this month’s exclusive cover story, Gigabit speaks to Procter & Gamble to learn how the firm’s Pampers brand is blending compelling entertainment with cutting-edge ecommerce.

Next, Sophie Chapman travels to Dell Technologies’ sleek office in London to learn how the technology giant is giving the NHS a helping hand as it embarks on a mammoth digital transformation journey.

“We want to transform their whole ethos around the use of technology,” said James Norman, CIO of Healthcare for EMEA region, Dell Technologies. “Technology can really drive new innovations, new opportunities, new ways of actually working with the market.”

Elsewhere, Rhonda Vetere often touted as one of the most powerful women in technology gives her tips on how to make it big in the technology sector, and Spreadshirt contends how businesses can contend with ecommerce behemoth Amazon.

Gigabit also sits down with Paul Smith, Executive Vice President and General Manager at Salesforce UK, to learn how the firm is revolutionising the CRM market.

Next, Gigabit counts down the top ten computer hardware firms in the world and explores the top technology events you won’t want to miss.

Don’t forget to also read our exclusive reports on Huawei, KPMG Canada, Accenture Technology and more.

Enjoy the issue!

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Jun 18, 2021

Thales Group to Provide Tech for Low Earth Orbit Satellites

ThalesGroup
ESA
Telesat
Technology
2 min
The Swiss branch of Thales Group is set to supply world’s only network of satellites in low earth orbit with its cutting-edge technology

The Franco-Italian aerospace manufacturer, Thales Alenia, which specialises in the space industry is set to supply the world’s only network of satellites in low earth orbit (LEO) with its industry-leading technology. More specifically, the Optical Inter-Satellite Links ─ which is hailed as the ‘best technology for the next generation of the Galileo Navigation System’, by the European Space Agency. Through the implementation of Thales Alenia’s optical systems, the satellite network will be able to provide global, fine-scale coverage, overland, oceans, and both poles, without compromising the security of data communications. 

 

Telesat, a Canadian satellite services company, is currently developing the network and has commissioned Thales Alenia Space to build its broadband constellation. The network, which will be named Lightspeed, will apparently comprise 298 individual satellites, each weighing roughly 700 kilograms. These satellites will be capable of delivering multiple terabits per second worldwide for secure broadband professional services with low latency and high levels of performance. Ergo, it’ll be incredibly fast. 

‘The Optical Inter Satellite Links technology is based on Thales Alenia Space’s product line Space Optical Communications, i.e., OPTEL-C. The more compact OPTEL-µ is another optical communications product from this line. This is particularly good for downloading data from small LEO satellites’, according to Innovation Origins. 

 

Thales Alenia Space Background

Thales Alenia Space is the largest satellite manufacturer in Europe ─ the Swiss branch, which has been commissioned in this particular announcement, opened up five years ago in Zurich, where the company primarily specialises in the development and manufacture of instruments for scientific satellites, but also on optical communication terminals for space applications.

The Swiss Space Sector

When it comes to the European and international space industry, the Swiss sector is becoming increasingly important. Approximately 100 Swiss companies already produce incredibly sophisticated pieces of kit and technologies for space missions, and Switzerland also plays host to the European Space Agency Business Incubation Centre, which was established back in 2016 in an effort to help entrepreneurs ‘realise their innovative ideas and transfer technologies from space to Earth and from Earth to space.’

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