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08:50 - 09:00 10 mins
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Chair's Opening Remarks
  • Chair Christopher Baugh - President, Northern Sky Research
09:00 - 09:20 20 mins
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Low Earth Orbit: How LEO will revolutionize the satellite industry!
  • Ronald Van der Breggen - Chief Commercial Officer , LeoSat
  • Who are the main players? Who are the main investors in LEO technologies?
  • Customer applications for LEO connectivity: Potential use cases examined
  • B2B revenue opportunities for LEO connectivity
  • Connecting the other 3 billion with LEO constellations
09:20 - 09:50 30 mins
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Panel Discussion: How should I Change my Business to React to LEO?
  • Moderator Virgil Labrador - Editor-in-Chief, Satellite Markets and Research
  • Panellist Ronald Van der Breggen - Chief Commercial Officer , LeoSat
  • Panellist Sandeep Kumar - Head of Sales-Satellite Services, Telstra
  • Panellist Renato Goodfellow - Head of Global Satellite, BT Global Services
  • Is LEO a threat to traditional GEO constellations? If we have LEO do we need a GEO solution?
  • Are LEO and GEO hybrid solutions the answer?
  • What will LEO mean for user terminals?
  • How will the launch of LEO impact the cost of capacity?
10:00 - 10:20 20 mins
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Going beyond connectivity – A new value proposition
  • Speaker David Burr - Director, Product Line Management, SES Networks
  • What are the new drivers that are shaping the future of the satellite industry?
  • How to become more agile in responding to changing market needs
  • SES will discuss how a new mindset, a new business approach could provide the framework of a new value proposition
10:20 - 10:40 20 mins
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Getting Ready to Tackle the 4th Industrial Revolution
  • Carmen Gonzalez-Sanfeliu - Regional Vice President, Latin America & Caribbean, Intelsat

The 4th industrial revolution is a digital one, which requires a brand new approach to meet consumers’ exploding expectations. Learn how you can transform your – and your customers’ – world by leveraging the innovative combination of spacecraft, constellation and an ecosystem that Intelsat is deploying in a holistic, integrated solution to generate long-term value.

10:40 - 11:30 50 mins
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Morning Break and Networking
11:30 - 12:00 30 mins
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Panel Discussion: The operational environment: is this becoming the most strategic asset for operators and service providers?
  • Panellist Steven Soenens - VP Product Marketing, Skyline Communications
  • Panellist Alan Afrasiab - President and CEO, Talia Limited
  • Panellist Guido Neumann - General Manager and Co-Founder, CETel GmbH
  • Moderator Randall Barney - Membership Director, WTA
  • What is current status of NMS/OSS in the satellite industry? How does that compare to other industries (telco, cable, network providers, …)?
  • Networks are converging: HTS, LEO, MPLS, SDN, WiFi and microwave, data center, etc. What are the best practices to avoid explosive growth of NOC operations?
  • There is no such thing as a wholly owned network: the challenges of managing services across multi-operator networks.
  • Opex – Capex – Service Quality: is this a trilemma, best effort for all, or a managed business process?
  • Emerging new business models: what is the impact on the operations workflows and tools? 
12:00 - 12:20 20 mins
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Future of Satcom – How does today’s satellite industry compare to the “good old days”?
  • Xavier Lobao - Head of Future Projects Division, ESA

  • Our industry has changed dramatically – what does this mean for us all?
  • Opportunities for non-GEO constellations
  • Understanding the need for higher frequencies
  • How will IoT and M2M drive new revenues for the satellite industry?
  • 5G – the glue that will pull everything together!
12:20 - 12:40 20 mins
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What is the Role of Satellite in 5G?
  • Mustafa Ergen - Chief Technology Advisor, & Board Member, Türk Telekom & Networld2020/5G IA
  • What is 5G: Understand current development towards delivering 5G
  • Networld2020: Examining the 5G value chain and the key industry associations working on the technology
  • How will satellite complement wireline and wireless infrastructure?
  • What does LEO mean for mobile operators? Complementary or competitor technology?
  • Satellite for backhaul and video
12:50 - 14:00 70 mins
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Networking Lunch
14:00 - 14:40 40 mins
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Panel Discussion: How Can We Create a Seamless Hybrid 5G Network Delivering High Capacity Coverage to B2B and B2C Consumers?
  • Panellist John Stoltz - Vice President, Network Innovations
  • Panellist Xavier Lobao - Head of Future Projects Division, ESA
  • Panellist Mustafa Ergen - Chief Technology Advisor, & Board Member, Türk Telekom & Networld2020/5G IA
  • Panellist Marco Brancati - Chief Technology Officer, Telespazio
  • 5G = One massive network – Satellite isn’t isolated!
  • How does satellite fit into the 5G value chain?
  • Establishing partnerships to create end-to-end 5G connectivity?
  • What services can satellite deliver that will never be possible for wireless or wireline connectivity?

14:40 - 15:10 30 mins
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High Altitude Platforms Are Here! Understanding the technology and its applications
  • Walt Anderson - Director, AVEALTO
  • Where do High altitude platforms fit into the ecosystem? HAP’s are complementary not competitor technologies!
  • HAP’s to communicate via VSAT technology
  • Trials and timelines: How long before we see HAP’s delivering communications services?
  • Applications of high altitude platforms: What can they do better than GEO satellites? Where do we still need GEO connectivity?
15:00 - 15:30 30 mins
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Panel Discussion: Connecting the Unconnected: The role of satellite connectivity in remote areas
  • Moderator Tsachi Dahan - Owner, BayLink
  • Panellist Jorge López - Head of Marketing, Hispasat
  • Panellist Wilgon Berthold Tsibo - Group CTO, Azur Telecom
  • Panellist Ali Mohadjer - President & CEO, SatWays
  • Analysing National Satellite Programmes
  • What are the long-term aims of national programmes?
  • Government satellite applications for health, education and military
  • Digital inclusion projects and the role of government funded ground infrastructure
  • The role of MNO’s in connecting the unconnected
  • Examining Facebook’s and other Silicon Valley innovators’ work in this area. How can the satellite industry partner with these big players for mutual gain?

15:30 - 16:10 40 mins
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Interactive Polling Session: Live Polls on

 Join in as we answer the industry’s most challenging questions. Visit on the web browser of your device and enter #VSATGlobal to vote in this sessions polls.

16:10 - 16:30 20 mins
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Refreshments and Networking Before the Awards
16:30 - 17:15 45 mins
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VSAT Stellar Awards Ceremony

Awards Categories 

  •  Service Provider of the Year 
  • Best Ground Segment Technology 
  • Most Innovative Satellite Application 
  • Satellite Operator of the Year