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World Teleport Association’s Industry Dialogue Series provides an opportunity to feature a panel of speakers moderated by a WTA Executive at your booth during an industry trade show or conference.

Start Planning now for your upcoming industry events such as: CABSAT, CommunicAsia, NAB2012, IBC and SATCON.

Topics:
Next-Generation Compression: Rewriting the Rules for High-Bandwidth Services
Standards-based advances in compression have made big inroads on the bandwidth required to support video, interactive data and other high-bandwidth applications. The result has been a boom in new television channels, IP applications and content delivery paths, and the beginning of a fundamental reshaping of the media industry. But technology innovation is far from over. What are the next-generation compression technologies and practices being deployed now that may become standards in the next 10 years? What applications will they be used for and what business advantages are they likely to bring?

Satellite Interference: What Can Really Be Done?
Satellite interference is on the rise, cause by increasing demand on satellite bandwidth, greater competition with terrestrial applications, and the breakdown of established management practices. With none of these circumstances likely to change, what can really be done to limit the economic impact and user dissatisfaction caused by conflicts in satellite access?

Squeezing Efficiency Out of Complex Satellite-Fiber-Wireless Networks
The Internet Protocol has become the common language of telecommunications and is increasingly taking the place of other protocols and standards in use for decades. But at the point where networks intersect, the simplicity and transparency of IP can give way to a welter of interoperability problems that slow performance, waste bandwidth and sometimes prevent applications from running at all. How do the world’s most innovative service providers, who manage these network intersections, squeeze efficiency and performance out of systems that were never meant to play together in the first place?

Satellite Services: Finding the Next Wave of Growth
The industrialized nations appear to be stuck in slow-growth mode as they try to climb out from under massive debt burdens and government budgets face severe pressure. But emerging market economies have largely shaken off the financial crisis and are forging ahead at enviable rates of growth. Where will satellite service providers on the ground and in the sky look for growth in the next three years? What obstacles do they face in the most desirable markets, and how can these be overcome? And are global opportunities open only to global players, or can the smaller service providers effectively seize opportunities in distant lands?

How the Drawdown of US and NATO Military Will Affect Service Providers
The next two years is likely to see an historic drawdown of military forces in the Middle East and Western Asia, and a pivot toward the Pacific Rim. At the same time, Western militaries are seeking dramatic cutbacks as their governments downsize spending in the face of continuing economic weakness. What will be the impact on satellite-based service providers who have been providing the majority of connectivity for increasingly net-centric warfighters?

Threats and Opportunities in Ka-Band Satellite Services
Ka-band is now moving from concept to hardware in orbit, with $5 billion in spacecraft being launched through 2014, putting unprecedented amounts of new bandwidth into the sky. While business plans are narrowly focused on broadband for consumers and the small office/home office (SOHO) market, it would be naïve to think that this much expansion in total capacity will fail to have impacts, both expected and unpredictable, in the markets for satellite services. What is the range of likely outcomes for service providers from the growth of Ka-band capacity? What roles may they be able to play in Ka-band networks, and where will there be new opportunities to add value for customers?

The Maritime Communications Boom: What Does It Take to Succeed?
After years of talk, the maritime industry is now in the midst of embracing broadband at sea. Long willing to trade low-bandwidth for low-cost, maritime businesses increasingly find that operating worldwide requires robust Internet access, voice, data and video capabilities reaching vessels and platforms around the globe. A growing number of satellite service providers are gearing up to meet their needs, while veteran companies seek to protect their niche from market entrants. What does it take to succeed in this complex business, and how likely are new providers to succeed?

The "Cloud” Via Satellite: Opportunities and Threats

The Cloud – with its vision of infinite storage and services available online – is all the talk of terrestrial telecommunications, and appears to be an increasingly powerful business model for both consumer and business services. But where does satellite play in this market? Can satellite support cloud-applications, and is the expertise available in the industry to make them successful? What business plans, partnerships and strategies will prove workable in the next decade?

Satellite and Mobile: Just a Pipe for Backhaul?
The mighty boom in mobile voice and data has created a growing business for satellite service provider in backhauling traffic from isolated cities and individual base stations in remote regions. But is there a future in being just an empty pipe for mobile traffic. Leading-edge service providers are building out platforms and networks to meet a much broader range of carrier needs. What are the core requirements for success and where are the major opportunities in the business?

How Tablet and Connected TV Will Re-Engineer Television Distribution
In the opening decades of the 21st Century, television is undergoing the most radical transformation in its history. Platforms are multiplying to encompass Internet delivery to the computer or tablet, streaming to the handheld device, download to PVRs, and over-the-top services that embed a Web browser and Internet-delivered content into the familiar TV set. And viewer habits are changing most radically of all. How will the radical evolution of TV affect the business of contribution and distribution services via satellite? Will platform multiplicity and the changing economics of the market be a plus or a minus for teleport operators and other ground-based service providers?

Next Actions:

Please respond to this email with a one-page proposal outlining the event you seek to host, the day(s) and time(s) proposed, the topic and any relevant details. Send your expression of interest to rbarney@worldteleport.org

WTA Contacts:
For questions or to request additional details about this opportunity, please contact WTA Director of Development Louis Zacharilla at lzacharilla@worldteleport.org or Membership Director Randall Barney at rbarney@worldteleport.org or via phone at +1 212-825-0218 ext 102 or 104, or call +1 212-249-0624. Skype: lou-zacharilla or randall.barney

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