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The scope of the project is to do an assessment of demands for and offers of communication services in the Arctic region in the 2015-2020 time frame. The assessment will include a number of market sectors such as shipping, mining, oil and gas exploration, fisheries and others, and geostationary and non-geostationary satellite communication systems as well as terrestrial communication systems. The study will lead to identification of gaps between demands and offers per geographical areas and per service category. The project will conclude by proposing ways forward to limit these gaps.
The objectives of the project are as follows:
The main challenges in this study can be summarised as follows:
The benefits of the project will be to provide ESA, the European Union and other relevant national and international authorities with information regarding future demands and needs for communication services in the Arctic region.
No system will be developed.
The project started 6 October 2010 and will be finalised in November 2011. Main results of the project will be presented at the ARTES-1 Presentation Days at ESTEC 12-13 December 2011.
The main conclusions of the gap analysis can be summarised as follows:
The main challenge related to future satellite communication in the Arctic is hence to avoid the lack of broadband coverage over the European part of the Arctic which is outside coverage of geostationary satellites. Recommendations of future work to meet this challenge are provided in the last technical note of the project (TN6) and in the final report.