GVF and C21 announce preliminary London programme for satellite & the cloud


GVF and Century 21 Communications (C21) have announced preliminary details of the speaker line-up for the ‘Satellite & The Cloud 2020: Deployments Across the Satellite Driven Value Chain’ conference. Taking place at London’s Leonardo Royal Hotel Tower Bridge on 3rd March, the conference programme – which is supported by principal sponsor Kratos, and Corporate Sponsors Hughes and Comtech EF Data – has the objective of analysing the extent to which satellite and the Cloud is a match made, if not quite in heaven, then in GEO, MEO and LEO orbit.

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The satellite communications industry and the Cloud-based services sector share an increasing awareness of the reciprocal benefits that can accrue from exploring the synergies between their respective capabilities and objectives, and for both there are, therefore, significant business development opportunities to be exploited.

Satellite is ubiquitous, with a well-developed communications solution customer base which includes enterprises and industries that, because of their remote geographic locations, have long depended on satellite to develop, deploy and grow robust data networking functions. Business development for Cloud service providers means extending their customer reach to exactly these types of potential users – e.g. oil, gas & mining, shipping, as well as newer user segments that will arise out of the servicing capabilities of the new low Earth orbiting mega-constellations – and leveraging the connections that satellite delivers, and the experience of remote deployments that satellite solutions providers bring to the table. In short, satellite can take the Cloud where it cannot go alone… and has every reason to do so.

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As well as the Cloud benefiting from satellite, satellite benefits from the Cloud in as much as the satellite solutions provider service offering is advantageously enhanced for the satellite user when Cloud service functionality can be bundled into CAPEX orientated service contracts.

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Companies contributing to the London programme, as speakers/panellists and as registered delegates, include the BBC, CNN, Babcock Engineering, SpaceX, Marsh Speciality (a major insurer), McKenzie Intelligence (an Earth observation data analytics company), SKYRORA (a private orbital launch vehicle company), AVEALTO (a high altitude pseudo satellite, HAPS, operator), and the telecoms division of the UK’s Network Rail.

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Panellists contributing to the programme, as at the above date, will include (alphabetical by company name): Betty Bonnardel, CEO, AB5 Consulting; Donald Walker, Director Defence & Security, Avanti Communications; Walt Anderson, Managing Director, AVEALTO Ltd; Manny Shar, Head of Analytics, Bryce Space & Technology; David Burr, Vice President Business Development, Comtech EF Data; Alex Donnison, Business Development Manager - Systems, ETL; Yuan-Xing Zheng, Chief Architect Product Group, Inmarsat; Alvaro Sanchez, General Manager, Integrasys; Gerry Collins, Director Product Management, Intelsat; Hans Karlsen, CEO & Entrepreneur, Karlsen Associates; Mark Lambert, Vice President Business Development, Kratos; James Taylor, Director Business & Market Development, Methera Global; Robert Gardner, Senior Innovation Engineer, Network Rail Telecom; Martyn Curwen-Bryant, CCO, Razor Secure; Alessandro Caranci, Senior Vice President Satellite Communications, Telespazio; and, Roman Jaresch, Regional Sales Director, WORK Microwave GmbH.

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