4 test villages
CNES President Yannick d'Escatha and Frédéric de Saint Sernin, Junior Minister for Land Planning, announced 16 May the names of the 4 villages selected to test the concept.
Each village will be equipped with a single satellite antenna providing a broadband Internet connection. Tradesmen, schools, professionals and private citizens in the village will then be able to connect to the Internet easily via a Wi-Fi antenna receiving the radio signal broadcast over the village.
Space technologies serving society
Yannick d’Escatha said: “Through the communications-enabled village, CNES is striving to close the digital divide by bringing effective and economically viable solutions” to land planning issues.
The communications-enabled village is thus an integral part of the agency’s mission to find ways for space to serve society.
Looking further into the future, the aim underlying this pilot phase is of course to promote similar solutions in France, Europe and worldwide.