President of Hispasat: “Europe must cooperate to compete in the field of satellites”

Logroño, 21 November (EFE) — Hispasat President Jordi Hereu advocates cooperation between various European countries to compete in the satellite sector with other world powers and business corporations.

Hereu made these statements to the media on the occasion of his presence in Logroño to propose the conference “Satellite, Antidote to the Digital Divide” organized by the International University of La Rioja (UNIR).

He emphasized that “in the new digital age, the greatest inequality the world has found itself in is the shutdown of the Internet”, and satellite guarantees fast, efficient and cheap communication in mountainous or hard-to-reach areas.

He stressed the particular importance that satellites can have in order to guarantee communications “not in Spain, a country with good infrastructure in this area, but above all in Latin America.”

“One of the things that worries us the most today is digital communications, because for digitization we need something basic to be connected” and “satellite technology is the technology that allows us to make this communication universal” .

He emphasized that “many people in Latin America lack connectivity, and satellite communication is an excellent tool for the universal use of digital technologies”, which is associated with progress, “as well as with the social and economic development of countries.”

According to him, in Latin America, about 240 million people do not have access to digital terrestrial services, “and therefore are outside the development opportunities” of the digital society, “so it is clear that the satellite has a big role,” he assured, referring to infrastructure offered by Hispasat.

He acknowledged that at present, along with companies like his trying to offer citizens telecommunications services, there are others with other interests with which “although historically space has been a place of cooperation, now it is a different area with very important geostrategic importance” .

It is for this reason that “Europe, like everything else, must be together to develop projects of strategic autonomy” just like “Hispasat is a strategic country project”, which “was born thirty years ago because it believed in the importance of communication, and has also served as the driving force behind Spain’s space industry.”

Now in the satellite industry “the United States, China and other blocs are playing their role” and “Europe is either joining forces or, obviously, it will have problems with the telecommunications giants.”

Something, he said, “has been strengthened over the last three years as we explored the concept of strategic autonomy, and what can only be achieved with extra effort” because “we are in a very competitive market” and “will also allow us to strengthen ties with Latin America,” Hereu concluded.

By Peter Kavinsky

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