The EMEA Satellite Operators Association (ESOA) has been the voice of Europe’s satellite operators since March 2002 and in 2015, it expanded to cover operators in the EMEA region. ESOA is the world’s only CEO-driven satellite association, and leads a coordinated and impactful response to the global challenges and opportunities the commercial satellite communications sector faces. Today, the Association represents all satellite operators from the EMEA region and other companies that engage in satellite-related activities. It offers a unified voice for the world's largest operators and important regional operators towards all international, regional and national organisations and regulators.

ESOA works to lead a coordinated and impactful response to global challenges and opportunities for the commercial satellite communications sector by raising awareness of the reach, resilience, variety & capability of satellite services. By providing a unified voice and platform for global collaboration, ESOA increases opportunities for governments, businesses and citizens to leverage satellite services in order to bring connectivity through high quality telecommunications services to users everywhere, on land, in the air or at sea. Through a minimal infrastructure providing ubiquitous coverage, satellites allow communications across national boundaries, without discriminating on the basis of economic differences between nations. The only requirement is an appropriate political, regulatory and industrial environment in the territory to be served. It is therefore important that governments understand the benefits satellite services can bring. ESOA works to foster this understanding.

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.

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