American space telecoms company picks Scotland for £10.5 million European research centre

Ken Symon

Source: Insider.co.uk

March 17, 2021

American telecoms company Mangata Networks is to set up a £10.5m research and development centre in Edinburgh, in a move that will create 38 jobs.

The business, which specialises in satellite enable telecoms services, announced the move after it received £3.6m in funding from national economic development agency Scottish Enterprise.

American telecoms company Mangata Networks is to set up a £10.5m research and development centre in Edinburgh, in a move that will create 38 jobs.

The business, which specialises in satellite enable telecoms services, announced the move after it received £3.6m in funding from national economic development agency Scottish Enterprise.

Mangata said that longer term, it aims to establish Scotland as the centre of its European operations, which could see further investment, growth and employment opportunities.

Headquartered in Arizona, its technology can either host communications on its own platform or integrate it into existing networks. The company said it intends to offer affordable satellite connectivity that can be seamlessly integrated into any global network.

Mangata’s proposed services can be applied across sectors including maritime, aerospace, energy and the internet of things.

Chief executive Brian Holz said: “We are impressed by the dedication and professionalism of the Scottish people we meet and by the sense of camaraderie they instil in all that they do.

“With the skills and available local talent, picking Scotland as our European hub was a natural choice.

“We are having rich ongoing conversations with the Scottish 5G Centre and share a common will to engage with the Scottish public.

“This is just the beginning of a long partnership and we relish the prospect of the wonderful things we will achieve together.”

Mangata’s decision to locate in Edinburgh was supported by Scottish Enterprise representatives, who hosted the founders (pre-Covid) several times in Scotland, introducing them to key stakeholders and showcasing the best of industry and academia.

Mark Hallan, director of global investment at Scottish Enterprise, said: “Mangata is at the cutting edge of the space and communication sectors and their plans to locate, invest and significantly grow in Scotland with our support are incredibly exciting.

“The company’s decision to open an R&D centre in Edinburgh is yet another vote of confidence in our space industry.

“Mangata had several global options for its R&D centre, so it’s wonderful the company chose Scotland to anchor its European operations."

Scotland's space sector is rising faster than anywhere else in the UK, aiming to grow in value to £4bn by 2030. Almost one fifth of all UK jobs in the space sector are based in Scotland.

Paul Coffey, chief executive at The Scotland 5G Centre, added: “The opportunities for Scotland from satellite communications are enormous, particularly as the pandemic has highlighted the critical importance of digital connectivity.

“Mobile operators and internet service providers will be able to complement their traditional connectivity in areas that have been historically difficult to serve.

“We look forward to supporting Mangata via our S5GConnect Innovation labs as they develop and test their hybrid 5G/ satellite service.”

Scottish Government Trade and Innovation Minister Ivan McKee added: “Today’s positive announcement by Mangata Networks underlines Scotland’s strength in the space sector, here at the forefront of satellite-enabled telecommunication services.