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08:30 - 09:15 45 mins
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Comsys Industry Update: Where we are now? Where do we need to be?
  • Susan Bull - Senior Consultant, COMSYS
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  • Understanding the last 12 months of progress in the satellite industry
  • Analysing the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing the satellite industry today
  • Call to action: How does the industry need to respond?
  • Setting the scene: What do we as an industry need to achieve over the next two days of discussion
  • Susan Bull, Senior Consultant, Comsys
09:15 - 09:50 35 mins
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Panel Discussion: Industry Challenges and Business Opportunities: Thriving in a challenging market place
  • Moderator David Hartshorn - Secretary General, GVF
  • Panellist Pierre-Jean Beylier - CEO, Speedcast International
  • Panellist Steve Collar - CEO, SES Networks
  • Daniel Losada - Vice President of International Sales, Hughes
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  • What is the value proposition of today’s satellite operators: How will this change over the next 5-10 years?
  • Increasing supply drives down prices: What are the business opportunities?
  • Are we slow to innovate? How do we change this?
  • Satellite is a growth industry! Why don’t the financial sheets of the biggest players reflect this? 
09:50 - 10:10 20 mins
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Capitalizing on Industry Changes: Challenges and Opportunities for the Satellite Industry
  • Dave Rehbehn - Vice President, Hughes
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10:10 - 10:40 30 mins
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Brave New World: How service providers must adapt to changes in the satellite industry
  • Pierre-Jean Beylier - CEO, Speedcast International
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  • Focussing on growth in a challenging market place
  • What is threatening the traditional service provider business model?
  • How does the industry consolidation change the market?
  • What new products and services can service providers offer their consumers? 
10:40 - 11:30 50 mins
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Morning Break and Networking
11:30 - 12:00 30 mins
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Fishbowl Session: Understanding the Challenges and Benefits Associated with the Wide-Scale Rollout of HTS
  • Panellist Moe Abutaleb - CEO, UltiSat
  • Panellist Mauricio Segovia - President, Axesat
  • Panellist Jesus Hector Jimenez - Vice President – Global Engineering, RigNet
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Our fishbowl session is an opportunity for audience members to join the discussion! There will be one chair available for an audience member to join the panel. Once the chair is taken, an original panellist must give up their seat to make it available for another new participant. The end of the session should result in a brand new line-up of panellists, lots of interesting debate and differing opinions!

  • What does HTS promise to deliver to the satellite industry?
  • How can service providers capitalise on the HTS opportunity? How do they need adapt and change their business models to accommodate HTS?
  • Is HTS a threat to current C-Band and K-Band revenues?
  • How has the industry changed since the rollout of HTS?
12:00 - 12:30 30 mins
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Understanding Our Changing Industry
  • Speaker Renato Goodfellow - Head of Global Satellite, BT Global Services
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  • Enormous amounts of bandwidth coming available – how will bandwidth be commercialised?
  • Prices are falling: What does this mean for the industry – what new customers can we reach?
  • Teleports: Do they have a future?
  • HTS as an interim solution? How will LEO change
12:30 - 12:50 20 mins
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Improving Satellite Economics Through Ground Segment Innovation
  • Speaker Thomas Van den Driessche - CEO, Newtec
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  • How to maximize the benefits of new High Throughput Satellites?
  • How to deal with the latest innovations (LEO, flat panels, …) and the unknown?
  • How do mobility, 5G and other markets get unlocked by these innovations
12:50 - 14:00 70 mins
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Networking Lunch
14:00 - 14:30 30 mins
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Panel Discussion: Flat Panel Antennas: Bringing the innovation to market!
  • Moderator Martin Coleman - Executive Director, Satellite Interference Reduction Group
  • Panellist Bill Marks - EVP - Chief Commercial Officer, Kymeta Corporation
  • Panellist David Garrood - CSO, Phasor Solutions Ltd
  • Panellist Mark Steel - VP Product Development & Strategy, Inmarsat
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  • Application of flat panel antennas: How do they fit into the ecosystem?
  • Benefit and cost of flat panel antennas
  • Connected cars, yachts, maritime and mobility: Examining the potential applications of flat panel antennas
  • Will flat panel antennas enable the satellite industry to enter new markets?
  • Flat panels for MEO and LEO satellites – what does this mean in terms of efficiency gains?
14:35 - 15:05 30 mins
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Panel Discussion: Ground segment innovation for HTS and LEO
  • Moderator Elisabeth Tweedie - Owner, Definitive Direction
  • Panellist Alvaro Sanchez - Director of Sales Marketing, INTEGRASYS
  • Panellist Mike Gold - RVP Sales, US and Canada, Terrasat Communications
  • Panellist Dave Rehbehn - Vice President, Hughes
  • Panellist Thomas Van den Driessche - CEO, Newtec
  • Panellist Simon Gray - Senior V.P. for Humanitarian Affairs, Eutelsat
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  • How has the ground segment evolved since the launch of HTS?
  • What is the evolving role of teleports for HTS, MEO and LEO?
  • What is the plan for the LEO ground segment?
  • How do changes to the ground segment impact the rest of the industry
15:15 - 15:35 20 mins
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Delivering Next Generation Mobility Connectivity to Customers
  • Speaker Greg Martin - Vice President, Mobility Market Segment Management, SES Networks
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  • Understanding the customers’ needs and delivering a tailored service based on their requirements
  • How is the maritime mobility sector evolving?
  • Satisfying the cruise industries monstrous demand for data!
  • How is inflight connectivity evolving: What will be possible on board 5 years from now? 
15:35 - 16:15 40 mins
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Afternoon Refreshments Break
16:10 - 16:50 40 mins
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Panel Discussion: Mobility: Delivering Reliable, Flexible Mobility Services at Sea and Inflight
  • Moderator Alexander Purves - Chief Commercial Officer, Providence Access
  • Panellist Reza Rasoulian - Vice President, Global Connectivity & Shipboard Technology Operations, Carnival Corporation
  • Panellist Andrew Faiola - Director, Mobility Solutions, Intelsat
  • Panellist Remith Ravi - Group Leader - Connected Car Group, Honda R&D Europe
  • Panellist Kevin McCarthy - VP of Market Development, Newtec
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  • How can satellite keep up the exponential demand for data from mobility services?
  • What are the services consumers have come to expect on-board?
  • Delivering high quality broadband to consumers inflight and on-board
  • How satellites are powering the connected car revolution! 

16:50 - 17:10 20 mins
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Case Study: The Role of Service Providers in Creating New Services to Grow the VSAT Market
  • Speaker Maurice Soreque Salazar - Commercial Director, Elara Communications
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  • Traditional satellite is not dead! Analysing new business opportunities for the VSAT market
  • Elara case study: Partnering with movie theatres to distribute content
  • Additional opportunities that will work on the same business model – thinking outside the box to capture new revenue streams
  • Service providers need to work together and share best practise to keep the VSAT industry strong! 
17:10 - 17:50 40 mins
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Fishbowl Session: Analysing New Opportunities for the Satellite Industry: As the industry evolves, what new markets can satellite play in? What new services can we offer to customers?
  • Panellist Ali Mohadjer - President & CEO, SatWays
  • Panellist John Stoltz - Vice President, Network Innovations
  • Panellist Salvation Alibor - CEO, Syscomptech Communications
  • Moderator Mark Holmes, - Editorial Director, Avionics & Satellite Groups, Access Intelligence
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Our fishbowl session is an opportunity for audience members to join the discussion! There will be one chair available for an audience member to join the panel. Once the chair is taken, an original panellist must give up their seat to make it available for another new participant. The end of the session should result in a brand new line-up of panellists, lots of interesting debate and differing opinions!

  • What is the role of satellite for IoT and M2M connectivity?
  • As more fibre is rolled out, wireless coverage improved and national satellite programmes launched – what new niches can satellite exploit?
  • Is mobility still satellites biggest growth area?
  • How do price drops impact the different markets satellite can exploit?


19:00 - 21:00 120 mins
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VSAT London Lates
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