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Interview with Mauricio Segovia, President at Axesat

In the lead up to this year's event, we caught up with Mauricio Segovia to find out his view on HTS, current opportunities in satellite and what he is looking forward to at the VSAT Global & Next Generation Satellite Applications. 

Don't miss his panel discussion on getting the most out of HTS, on September 19th at 11:20.

Here's what he had to say...

What is your view of the latest developments for HTS?

HTS is a late addition in the Latin American markets compare to other places around the world. Therefore, only until the second half of 2017 did significant amount of HTS capacity become available in the region. Before that there were some initiates but with little impact in the overall behavior of the market. Considering the advent of HTS capacity in the region is still recent, the impacts of such development continue to play out with different types of players and initiatives finding their place in the market. HTS comes in different types and colors and how those differences play out in the market is still work in progress for Latin America.

From what we have seen so far and what is yet to come, how can HTS deliver benefits to the satellite industry?

The primary benefit of HTS for the satellite industry continues to be the decrease in prices per mbps. As prices per mpbs decrease the possibility of our industry to participate in a bigger percentage of the telecommunications market improves. When the current transformation of our industry plays out, satellite will become a more significant player in the telecommunications landscape.

Where do the greatest opportunities for the satellite industry lie at this moment in time (July 2018)?

The natural opportunities where satellite has an advantage vs other technologies will continue to have a strong upside in the future. 

Maritime, aviation and other mobility initiatives are an example of markets that will continue to expand and evolve during the coming years. However, with the drop in mbps prices, other verticals should become an even more important market for satellite. For example, cellular backhaul and the arrival of 5G should benefit from the lower prices of satellite communications. Up until recently, satellite was only used to meet regulatory coverage requirements of MNO’s licenses. The expectation is that as cost of satellite communications decrease MNOs will look at satellite cellular backhaul as a profitable way of growing their businesses.

What are you looking forward to most with regards to participating in the VSAT Global event in London in September?

The VSAT global event is always a great place to catch up with industry colleagues. Considering the current transformation of our industry is imperative to have opportunities to exchange experiences and ideas with companies that are similar to Axesat. Additionally, the conference is a good way to get updated information about the changes impacting our industry today and how those can play out for companies like Axesat.