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Key Sessions

Mark Dankberg

Keynote: Connecting the world, even in the hardest-to-reach places


Ronald Van der Breggen

Interview on Stage: Evolving your business model to LEO and its relationship with GEO


08:00 - 08:50 50 mins
Registration & coffee
08:50 - 09:00 10 mins
Opening remarks from the Chair
  • Elisabeth Tweedie - Owner, Definitive Direction
09:00 - 09:20 20 mins
New Realities in Satcom
  • Christopher Baugh - Founder and CEO, Northern Sky Research
  • The current (turbulent) state of affairs for satcom connectivity
  • What challenges does the industry face?
  • Where is the silver lining and how must the industry adapt?
  • The road ahead
09:20 - 09:40 20 mins
Keynote: Connecting the world, even in the hardest-to-reach places
  • Mark Dankberg - Chairman & CEO, Viasat
  • There is enormous demand for affordable high-speed, high-bandwidth internet connectivity in hard-to-reach places
  • Satellite service providers have an opportunity to create terrestrial-like broadband experiences at comparable terrestrial-like price points
  • To increase global internet adoption, we as an industry, must invest in new skillsets and resources that better target the end-user, directly
  • The ViaSat-3 constellation offers unique opportunities to participate in connecting the unconnected
09:40 - 10:30 50 mins
Panel Discussion: The world of satellite in 2018 - How to prosper by 2023 and 2028?
  • Panel moderator Eric Le Proux - Managing Director, Trinity Advisers
  • Dave Rehbehn - Vice President, Hughes
  • Mark Brady - Managing Partner, CB 2.0 Communications
  • Thierry Mushiete - Senior Satellite Product Manager, Orange Business Services
  • Steve Richeson - Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Mission Microwave Technologies
  • James Trevelyan - VP Sales EMEA, Speedcast
  • How is the value chain for satellite currently being redefined and what does this mean for the future, in five or ten years’ time?
  • How is the overwhelming expansion of data affecting the satellite industry?
  • Where are the latest market trends leading to?
  • Discussing the expanded satellite bandwidth supply: How will lower prices change the competitive landscape?
  • Consumer broadband – Why is it not successful in Europe, Africa, Russia?
  • Will satellite operators be able to adapt to selling Mbps, very different from MHz sales, with different skill set and lower margins?
  • What will happen to the VSAT operators – will they become VNOs?
  • How will HTS enable the market to grow by 2023 and 2028?
  • Where do the greatest business opportunities lie for the next 5-10 years, and how can the satellite industry maximise these opportunities to make significant profits?
10:30 - 11:20 50 mins
Morning Break and Networking
11:20 - 12:10 50 mins
Panel Discussion: Getting the most out of HTS
  • Alvaro Sanchez - General Manager, INTEGRASYS
  • Mauricio Segovia - President, Axesat
  • Sandeep Kumar - Head of Satellite Sales, Telstra
  • Christopher Baugh - Founder and CEO, Northern Sky Research
  • Simon Gray - Senior V.P. for Humanitarian Affairs, Eutelsat
  • Discussing the latest news and updates for HTS
  • From what we have seen so far and what is yet to come, how can HTS deliver benefits to the satellite industry?
  • Examples of HTS applications
  • Discussing streaming services delivered via broadband (HTS) satellite
  • How can service providers capitalise on the HTS opportunity?
12:10 - 13:00 50 mins
Shark Tank Panel: Where are we with Flat Panel Antennas? Is this the end of elliptical antenna?
  • Panel moderator Mark Brady - Managing Partner, CB 2.0 Communications
  • Nathan Kundtz - President & Chief Executive Officer, Kymeta Corporation
  • Omid Sotoudeh - CEO and Founder, ReQuTech
  • Esat Sibay - Co-Founder and CFO, Alcan Systems
  • David Garrood - SVP Business Development, Phasor Solutions Ltd
  • What are the latest applications of flat panel antennas?
  • Reality check on Flat panel antennas: Will they ever be cheap enough to replace reflectors for fixed terminal applications?
  • What is their performance like, since so far no manufacturer is publishing specifications?
  • Considering flat panel antennas for MEO and LEO satellites
  • The future plans for the evolution of flat panel antennas
13:00 - 13:20 20 mins
Interview on Stage: Evolving your business model to LEO and its relationship with GEO
  • Ronald Van der Breggen - Chief Commercial Officer , LeoSat
  • The changing business models for GEO and LEO
  • The potential of LEO and who’s doing what in this area
  • The impact of LEOs on network infrastructure
  • The latest customer applications for LEO connectivity
  • Interoperability between LEO and GEO satellites
  • GEO and non-GEO – Are they complimentary or not?
13:20 - 14:30 70 mins
Networking lunch
14:30 - 14:50 20 mins
Maximising your opportunities – Elevating experience with advanced satellite technologies
  • Simon Gatty Saunt - Vice President Sales, EMEA, Fixed-Data, SES Networks
  • How continued technical innovation that combines next-generation satellite, ground infrastructure and software intelligence will support future demand
  • Discover innovations to maximise satellite technology in the cloud-scale era, seamlessly integrating with  the broader networking community
  • Realising the full potential of satellite’s opportunity lies in increasing our collective value proposition through partnerships for co-created solutions that elevate the business value for customers
14:50 - 15:10 20 mins
Speech followed by Interview on Stage: New era, new business for satellite
  • Alan Afrasiab - President and CEO, Talia Limited
  • Recreating our business on new models, for the new era
  • Implementing the new technologies for new challenges
  • What are the consumer models for this new era?
15:10 - 15:30 20 mins
Growing Expectations: The role of the ground equipment manufacturer in the world of HTS
  • Andrew Lucas - Senior Vice President, Satellite Operators and Mobility, Comtech EF Data
  • The developing role of the ground equipment manufacturer
  • Highlights of various real-world solutions, across a number of growth verticals, that have been implemented in the past year to meet the evolving expectations of end-users while allowing headroom for growth to meet these demands
  • A look beyond 2018: How demands across the value chain will continue to increase as the levels of valuable multimedia content generated by humans and things continues to grow
15:30 - 15:50 20 mins
High-throughput satellite (HTS) services dedicated to Institutions
  • Alessandro Caranci - Head of the Line of Business Satellite Communication, Telespazio
15:50 - 16:10 20 mins
Afternoon Refreshments Break
16:10 - 17:00 50 mins
Panel Discussion: How can we ensure that satellite plays a crucial role in 5G and IoT?
  • Panel moderator Elisabeth Tweedie - Owner, Definitive Direction
  • Jorge Rodriguez - Head of marketing, Hispasat
  • Greg Quiggle - Vice President Emerging Products, iDirect
  • Antonio Franchi - Head of Future Programmes Acquisition, Telecommunications & Integrated Applications Directorate, European Space Agency
  • Renato Goodfellow - Head of Global Satellite, BT Global Services
  • Vagan Shakhgildian - President and CEO, UHP Networks
  • How to establish long-term partnerships with mobile operators to create end-to-end 5G connectivity?
  • How do we reach past VSAT to integrate with terrestrial 5G?
  • The potential for satellite in IoT: Discussing the use cases
  • Reality check: VSATs are too expensive to address individual device connections for IoT – Can VSAT be anything more than a backhaul for a concentration point?
  • Satellite antennas’ potential in the IoT space
  • The future of hybrid networks
17:00 - 17:25 25 mins
Case study: The cyber security opportunity for the satellite industry
  • Adonis Violaris - Chairman of the ICT Committee, Cyprus Shipping Chamber
  • Satellite connectivity is more secure but nobody takes advantages of that – Why?
  • Why cyber security is a huge opportunity for the satellite and how to act on this?
  • Examples of how VSAT companies are benefiting from selling cyber security services
  • Guidelines to support secure cyber operations and contingency plans - Cyprus Shipping Chamber Cyber Security Case Study
  • Cyprus Shipping Chamber - Vulnerability Management Case Study - how a shipping company approaches the concept of vulnerability management both onboard and ashore
17:25 - 17:30 5 mins
Changing the way Service Providers work - multiple networks, automation, simplification
  • David Schmitz - CO-Founder and CEO, G&S SatCom
17:30 - 17:55 25 mins
VSAT Awards Ceremony

The VSAT Awards ceremony will take place in the main conference room.

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17:55 - 20:55 180 mins
Networking Drinks, sponsored by Telstra