ESOA is a CEO-driven association representing 22 global and regional satellite operators

ESOA provides a platform for collaboration between satellite operators globally and a unified voice for the sector. Our vision is to help policymakers improve the state of the world by continuously bridging digital, education, health, social, gender and economic divides across diverse geographies and across mature and developing economies.

ESOA represents 22 satellite operators and provides thought-leadership for the sector. It is recognised as the representative body for satellite operators by international, regional and national bodies including regulators, policymakers, standards-setting organisations such as 3GPP and international organisations such as the International Telecommunications Union and the World Economic Forum. As the world’s only CEO-driven satellite association, ESOA leads the sector’s response to global challenges and opportunities. It offers a unified voice for the world’s largest operators, important regional operators and other companies that engage in satellite-related activities.

Using a minimal infrastructure that provides ubiquitous coverage, satellites serve millions of people in hundreds of countries, both in developed and emerging economies, without discrimination. The only requirements for a country to make use of satellite communications is the political will coupled with an appropriate regulatory and industrial environment.

In order to make full use of satellite communications, governments need to understand how satellite services can contribute to their policy objectives and how to regulate and deploy them. ESOA works through its leadership and expert working groups to foster this understanding. By engaging with governments, regulators, regional and other bodies, ESOA’s work contributes to achieving favourable political, regulatory and industrial frameworks that allow satellite communication services to play their rightful role in connecting the world.

Overall, satellite operators and their services represent two thirds of the entire space economy which is valued at 250 billion dollars in revenue. The satellite sector creates more than 900 000 direct jobs worldwide; it enables independent launch and defence capabilities and puts all world regions at the edge of innovative technology. Satellites are vital in cost-effectively bridging the Digital Divide for the ultimate benefit of people everywhere.