VSAT Congress 2018 to convene amidst satellite industry’s accelerating dynamics

Following the much-lauded success of the 2017 inaugural VSAT Congress, GVF and COMSYS will, on 15th & 16th October 2018, once again present an opportunity to learn from world-changing thinkers and innovators in the satellite communications VSAT industry.

The 2018 programme of the VSAT Congress (https://www.vsatcongress.com/), again hosted at the offices of Jones Day on Capitol Hill, offers the opportunity for attendees to engage directly with keynote speakers and open-forum executive roundtables that will feature leading LEO, MEO and GEO satellite operators, VSAT service providers, manufacturers, customers, and subject-matter experts.

The VSAT Congress will address itself to resolving the debate and finding answers on such strategic issues and key questions as:

Can the industry defend in the fight for frequencies? To what extent does industry need to integrate with terrestrial services? How can VSAT become an essential extension of the 5G infrastructure? Can the industry integrate different orbital constellations? Are LEOs, MEOs and HAPS a threat or opportunity? Are standardisation and commoditisation an inevitability?

… As well as many more, encompassing and spanning such facets of current industry dialogue as: VSAT terminal cost economic viablility and technology developments; industry’s ability to compete on data pricing and data volume requirements; the survival of independent VSAT operators; differentiation and competitive advantage; VSAT’s place in an industrial IoT world; strategies for seamless GEO, MEO and LEO connectivity; cyber security; potential for constellation collision and catastrophic collapse; and, analysing viable business structures and strategies and investor belief in satellite’s continuing potential.

Attendees will be welcomed to Day One of the VSAT Congress programme on 15th October by David Meltzer, the recently appointed new Secretary General of GVF, who commented, “Those attending the VSAT Congress will learn of new opportunities and challenges facing the industry while renewing important relationships with others attending the VSAT Congress.”

Next following on the agenda, Susan Bull, Partner, COMSYS will take the audience through The Exciting Rollercoaster Ride of today’s VSAT industry, noting that “we have so many diverse and potentially ground breaking things happening in the satellite business that our rollercoaster could take us to a point that telecoms operators could look stupid because they dismissed and ignored our industry”.

The Day One programme continues with a series of keynote addresses and panel discussion sessions which will include key figures from across the industry’s major and emerging players and related stakeholders (in alphabetical order; speakers and organizations represented are subject to change): Aurora, BridgeSat, Clarke Belt 2.0 Project, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, Hawkeye360, Hispasat, Hughes, iDirect, Integrasys, Newtec, NxGen Partners, Panasonic Avionics Corporation, Talia, Telesat, The Traville Group, Trinity Advisers, and UHP Networks. Discussion will centre around such themes as re-thinking business models, the highs and lows of twinning GEOs and LEOs, market demand for cost-effective roaming and switching flexibility in VSAT platforms, acquisitions and consolidations. A final panel session will investigate Strange Technology Stretches.

The second day, beginning with an analysis of Spectrum Packing +'s and -'s and the battle over frequencies from David Hartshorn, CEO, Geeks Without Frontiers, will continue with keynote analyses from ViaSat, Yachtprojects International/Procom365, Global Eagle, and Spacecom, together with panel discussion sessions, including a focus on FPCESPAAILWMMMCRE – Flat Panel, Conformable, Electronically Steerable, Phased Array, Auto Install, LightWeight, MetaMaterial, Multi-Constellation, Reliable, Efficient – antenna development which will be discussed by representatives of (in alphabetical order): Alcan Systems, C-COM Satellite Systems, Gilat, Intellian, Isotropic Systems, Kymeta, and Phasor.

Fishing for the Future, the final discussion session featuring panellists from Andesat, Gulfsat Communications, Nelco and SatWays will explore different approaches to addressing and innovating for national, regional and global VSAT demands.


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