Beyond backhaul to the integrated network of networks

‘Cellular Backhaul 2018: Satellite + 3G, 4G, LTE & 5G Leveraging the Now & The Sometime Soon’ ( comes to London’s ExCeL Centre on 14th June 2018, and the conference organisers – the GVF-EMP Partnership – have announced additional speakers joining the programme. This event, for the first time embedded at KNect365 5G World/IoT World/Smart Transportation/Mobility, which runs from 12th to 14th June, is sponsored by Comtech EF Data, Hughes, Newtec, SES Networks, HispaSat, iDirect, Gilat Satellite Networks, and ND SatCom.

The one-day ‘Cellular Backhaul 2018’ programme comes as 5G is in process of being realised, and has, as of the date of this release, attracted speakers from almost 20 organisations, with more scheduled to confirm their respective contributions to a dialogue focused around such topics as: Satellite backhaul: Pre-5G networks - An appraisal of 4G/LTE and before; Where will satellite sit in the delivery 5G functionality? Merging broadcast infrastructures and broadband infrastructures; Wireless access technology heterogeneity: A native feature of 5G; 3GPP satellite Use Cases; Networks densification & the role of satellite; High Throughput Satellites and 5G/IoT infrastructures; GSO & NGSO satellite solutions & 5G deliverables; Small satellite (NGSO) constellations in the M2M/IoT ecosphere; Satellite seamlessness & footprint ubiquity to service the IoEE; Satellite & the device environment of smart city infrastructure; Satellite & IoT application markets; Satellite & mobile network macro-cell & small-cell architectures; Latency & evolving satellite system networks; and, Network encryption, client security & cyber security imperatives: Satellite & mobile wireless pan-network integration.

Four interactive sessions will comprise the foundation to the day’s discussions, with each session featuring between three and five panellists, each of whom will deliver brief introductory perspectives on the session theme before engaging in moderator-led dialogue with the audience.

Sam Oakley, Senior Portfolio Director with KNect365 commented, “We're delighted to be partnering with GVF and EMP to introduce the Cellular Backhaul 2018 theatre to the show floor at 5G World and TechXLR8. With the vision and roadmap for 5G taking shape, this will be an important opportunity to discuss the role satellite will play in this process. We look forward to seeing you there!”

Martin Jarrold, Chief of International Programme Development with GVF, and moderator of ‘Cellular Backhaul 2018’, added “We are delighted to work with KNect365 to leverage the opportunity provided at ‘5G World’ to enhance the mobile network operator (MNO) and teleco community’s engagement in current dialogues that encompass analyses and perspectives on 5G and the Internet of Things of the 3GPP, 5GPPP, International Telecommunication Union, European Union, European Space Agency, and other stakeholder actors. For example, the 3GPP has specified a series of Use Cases where satellite will be essential and integral to 5G networks service offerings, namely in respect of Multimedia Delivery; Mobile Broadband to Users & Vehicles; Machine Type Communication; Critical Communication; and, Vehicular Communication.”

Mr Jarrold continued, “The NetWorld 2020 European Technology Platform” has said that satellite will contribute to augment 5G service capabilities and address some of the major challenges in relation to the support of multimedia traffic growth, ubiquitous coverage, machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and critical telecom missions whilst optimising the value for money to the end-users.”

Paul Stahl, Executive Director of EMP added, “Satellite will feature not merely as an ‘interfacing’ technology and service, with a secondary role in the ‘network’, but an ‘integrated’ technology and service, fully part of an evolving and complex ‘network of networks’. Satellite will be essential to 5G as a device-to-device ecosphere characterised as – according to the ITU – Enhanced Mobile Broadband; Ultra-reliable and Low-latency Communications; and, Massive Machine Type Communications.” Mr Stahl also noted that, “As is clear from the event title, the focus also encompasses the “Now!” of the interface between satellite and 3G, 4G & LTE. Various analysts’ reports clearly illustrate the massive growth in the significance of the backhaul business market for satellite arising out of ongoing roll-out of earlier and current generations of mobile technology around the world. This too will be analysed.”

The programme for ‘Cellular Backhaul 2018: Satellite + 3G, 4G, LTE & 5G Leveraging the Now! & The Sometime Soon’, as at 29th May is as follows:

Session 1 - Satellite beyond the Backhaul Opportunity: Integration with “the Network” – A New Paradigm

Semir Hassanaly, Market Director, Mobile Backhaul & Trunking, Newtec

Richard Swardh, Senior Vice President, Mobile Networks Operators, Comtech EF Data

Simon Gatty Saunt, Vice President, Sales, EMEA Fixed-Data, SES Networks

Jorge Rodríguez López, Gerente de Marketing, Hispasat

Gowri Perampalam, Principal Systems Design Engineer, Vodafone

Session 2 - Satellite Use Cases in 5G Deployed Infrastructures

Robert Novak, Director, Business Development, Mobile Networks, ND Satcom

Chris Boyd, Senior Director, Vertical Market Solutions, Product Management, VT iDirect

Raz Ben Haim, Product Line Manager, Backhaul Solutions, Gilat Satellite Networks

Javier Santos, Business Development Engineer, Inster

Dario Mulassano, Business Development Director, Hughes

Session 3 - Device-to-Device: Satellite & Maximising IoT for the Internet of Everything Everywhere (IoEE)

Mark Lambert, Vice President Business Development, Kratos Communications Ltd

Paul Scardino, Senior Vice President, Sales Operations Engineering & Marketing, Globecomm

Alex Holvoet, Senior Vice President, Program Management, LeoSat

Session 4 - New Architectures & Technologies for Mobile Platforms: Meshing Wireless & Broadband Satellite

Fabien Robineau, Regional Director EMEA, AsiaSat

Gerry Collins, Director, Mobile Network Operator Product Management, Intelsat

Kieran Arnold, Head of Networks & Systems, Satellite Applications Catapult

Registration remains open and is available by clicking on the following link:

Programme details, regular updates, and other event information may be viewed at For further information on all GVF-EMP programmes please regularly visit, or alternatively contact Martin Jarrold at GVF ( or myself, Paul Stahl at EMP.


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