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Connectivity & PNT

The next generation of satellite broadband and navigation services

The UK is committed to enhancing its core capabilities within Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) and secure satellite communications systems. With an integral role in multiple sectors ranging from banking and insurance to emergency services, the UK has strong ambitions to become a key player in the commercial connectivity applications market.

Great strides are being made in UK SatCom markets, with R&D accelerating in 5G and 6G technology in particular. UK government investments are focused on increasing connectivity across the globe and developing technologies to explore new encryption methods and provide better end-to-end data protection.

The UK government is fully committed to improving the resilience of critical services and promoting wider coverage in rural areas

Recognising the current limitations of terrestrial optical fibre infrastructure, the UK aims to become a global centre of excellence in quantum science and technology and the go-to place for organisations and global talent in the domain. One such area is Quantum Key Distribution (QKD), a modern breakthrough mechanism that can assure the integrity of encrypted communications. The potential development of satellite QKD solutions could provide global coverage for these secure means of communication, which would be valuable for wide-ranging sectors such as finance.

PNT services, secure communications, and cybersecurity solutions are all critical to intelligence-gathering activities and ensuring the protection of national critical infrastructure. Therefore, the Government has pledged key investments in order to ensure ongoing advancement of technologies within these domains, offering a wide range of exciting opportunities for businesses looking to expand in the sector.

Connectivity & PNT Capabilities Report

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