Sky and Space Global (ASX: SAS) has successfully integrated Public Switched Telephone Networks (PSTN) connectivity into its network to allow its users to call and message any landline or mobile number.
The ASX-listed satellite company – the first company to plan, build and operate a telecommunications commercial network over nano-satellites – has carried out successful tests into generating a gateway between its network and PSTN.
According to SAS, these tests demonstrate the capability of its communications network to provide connectivity to any phone user on the planet once the full constellation of nanosatellites is up and running.
“The SAS vision for connecting the unconnected has just become a step closer to reality,” Sky and Space Global’s CTO Meidad Pariente said.
“The endless innovation and hard work of our software development team, led by Mr. Itamar Zabari, continually pushes us to achieve even more than we plan.
We are fully committed to driving innovation in the satellite communications space and delivering more competitive services to our customers. But most importantly, we are excited about the opportunity to provide affordable connectivity to anyone, anywhere, anytime.”
The tests were performed using the SAS Chatellite app, a satellite connectivity app allowing users to make calls and send texts using a nanosatellite communications network.
With the PSTN gateway, the Chatellite app will be able to facilitate calls between different messaging apps and users as long as they are connected to a PSTN network.
Using a PSTN gateway, SAS demonstrated a phone call from its proprietary application “Chatellite” to international landline and mobile numbers.
PSTN is the aggregate of the world’s circuit-switched telephone networks that are operated by national, regional, or local telephony operators and provides the infrastructure and services for public telecommunication.
Shares in SAS were last trading 0.5c higher at 16.5c at noon Thursday.