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13:00 - 13:15 15 mins
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Welcome & Introduction
  • David Hartshorn - Secretary General, GVF

Satellite communication innovations now enable delivery of connectivity nearly everywhere. From enterprise and consumer broadband, to maritime, aeronautical, and land-mobile “Comms on the Move” solutions, the satellite industry has become an indispensable part of the global communications eco-system.  With these advances – and with exponential increases in volumes – the satellite industry has developed initiatives to reinforce terminal performance, operational efficiency, network integrity and other vital elements of quality assurance.  The Global VSAT Forum is pleased to welcome your organization’s participation in this Summit, where the industry’s latest breakthroughs will be revealed. 

13:15 - 14:15 60 mins
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Establishing a Terminal Performance Benchmark
  • Panellist Mark Steel - VP Product Development & Strategy, Inmarsat
  • Panellist Martin Jarrold - Chief, International Programme Development, Global VSAT Forum

Market demand is driving unparalleled change in the delivery of applications, particularly in the provision of “Comms-On-The-Move” systems, which include an impressive variety of antenna system performance characteristics. After more than four years, a group of leading satellite operators working through the Global VSAT Forum have developed a set of Minimum Antenna Performance Requirements for satellite communications.  Attend this session to hear about the implications of this historic milestone.

14:15 - 14:45 30 mins
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14:45 - 15:45 60 mins
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Spectrum Wars: The Trilogy
  • Moderator David Hartshorn - Secretary General, GVF
  • Panellist Mohaned Juwad - Senior Manager, Spectrum Policy, Intelsat
  • Panellist Carlos Nalda - Senior Partner, LMI Advisors
  • Panellist Colin Thomson - Director - Technical Policy and Market Access, Access Partnership

The satellite industry has a major spectrum challenge… again. In 2007 and 2015 the world’s governments affirmed a clear vision for the importance of satellite services by agreeing on a framework for future access to spectrum. Regardless, the wireless industry continues to lobby for access to satellite spectrum – including C, Ku, Ka, Q and V bands – and where wireless deployments have occurred in or near some of these bands there has been serious interruption of satellite services. Attend this session to hear how the industry is responding to this challenge and what it means for your operations and business.

15:45 - 16:15 30 mins
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Cyber Security in Action!

Cybersecurity is critical to the satellite industry’s core goal: providing mission critical, highly reliable, and secure connectivity. The satellite industry has a long history of providing secure solutions to diverse global customers, including military and government users, corporations of every size and type, the non-profit and scientific communities, and individual consumers. Drawing on the expertise of its diverse membership, and responding to the demands of its user community, the industry has become a leader in providing safe, reliable communications. Attend this session to learn how cyber-security solutions have become the cornerstone of industry network integrity.

16:15 - 16:45 30 mins
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Disaster Preparedness

Hurricanes Irma and Harvey are only the latest examples of the brutal calculus of major disasters. However, across both storms the satellite industry has worked more closely than ever before with first responders -- military, humanitarian, UN aid agencies and others -- to more fully leverage the capabilities of satellite-enabled connectivity solutions. This session will include an update on how the VSAT industry is engaging with the disaster preparedness and relief sector.

16:45 - 17:30 45 mins
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Getting On-board The Training Train
  • Speaker Andy Lucas - Senior Vice President, Satellite Operators & Mobility, Comtech EF Data

As satellite services extend their reach into new environments, applications and user groups, the need for training has intensified. Seafarers must avoid “finger error”. Satellite newsgathering professionals need to understand how to point state-of-the-art auto-deploy terminals. Military and disaster-response personnel are required to troubleshoot systems. And satellite service providers are differentiating their offerings by training their staff… and their customers. Industry leaders from throughout the Asia-Pacific region will provide case studies on how training has become an indispensible part of the portfolio.