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Ground Segment Forum @ SATELLITE 2018
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Ground Segment Forum @ SATELLITE 2018

When: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center - Room 201
801 Mt Vernon Place NW
Washington, DC  20001
United States

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The Ground Segment Forum @ SATELLITE 2018
The Teleport Opportunities in OTT Video

Wednesday, March 14, 9:30-10:30 am, Room 201

Once upon a time, satellite was the primary path for all forms of video contribution and distribution.  The growth of gigabit fiber capacity and the rise of CDNs and OTT have changed the landscape forever.   Content owners are piling into Over the Top distribution even though the revenue and profit opportunities remain slim for now.  This creates a large-scale opportunity for teleport operators that are already originating and distributing video channels to expand their services into OTT origination.  How significant is the opportunity?  What facilities and technology does such an expansion require, and what new expertise do employees need to provide?  What are the return-on-investment expectations and are they being realized?  Perhaps most important: is there an opportunity for teleport operators to help content owners turn digital pennies into digital dollars through advertising and product-placement insertion and effective management of digital rights? Moderated by: Thomas Van Den Driessche, CEO, Newtec


  • Roger Franklin, President & CEO, Crystal
  • Vince Matherne, CCO, Encompass Digital Media
  • Koby Zontag, VP, Media Sales and Business Development, PCCW Global
  • Ian Hilditch, Managing Director, ETL Systems
Clouding Up: How Teleports Integrate the Cloud into their Services

Wednesday, March 14, 10:45-11:45 am, Room 201

Teleports have always been in the business of creating and managing capacity – of networks, of transmission systems, of analog and digital processing – for shared use by their customers.  The cloud services market of shared storage, processing and applications is growing at a 15% annual rate to exceed US$200 billion at the end of 2016. As a new and important kind of capacity, cloud services are on the verge of becoming a staple of teleport operations, whether teleports provide their own cloud infrastructure, platform and services to customers, or whether they incorporate Amazon Web Services or other third-party offerings in their operations.  What cloud capabilities are customers demanding and where are the greatest growth opportunities? What are the technical, financial and operational requirements of becoming a cloud service provider?  How do teleport operators preserve and strengthen their competitive advantages when they integrate third-party clouds into their operations? Moderated by: Michael Smith, Senior Vice President, Kratos


  • Keith Frost, Media and Data Networks Director, Arqiva
  • Jose Sanchez Ruiz, Director of Service Operations, Eutelsat
  • Efi Levinzon, CPO, NovelSat
  • Steven Soenens, VP, Product Marketing, Skyline Communications
New Antennas, New Opportunities

Wednesday, March 14, 1:45-3:00 pm, Room 201

For decades, satellite antennas have grown smaller, lighter, more capable and much more nimble, and have opened up new market opportunities with each advance. But one thing has not changed: the upside-down-umbrella contours of the parabolic dish, which must be manually or automatically pointed at a satellite and physically maintain its lock on the signal.  Now a new generation of phased array and beam-forming antennas is coming to market, initially to fill niches in mobility and related markets where satellite has not been able to penetrate due to the size, configuration and cost of the parabolic antenna.  If successful, they have the potential to innovate up into the market for parabolic antennas and once again open up new market opportunities for service providers.  What do service providers need to know today about the progress of next-generation flat antennas and the applications and markets where they are providing their value today and tomorrow? Moderated by: Paul Scardino, SVP, Sales Engineering and Marketing, Globecomm


  • Richard Hadsall, Vice President of Global Network Operations, Kymeta
  • David Helfgott, CEO, Phasor
  • Alvaro Sanchez, Sales & Marketing Director, Integrasys
  • Peter Moosbrugger, Chief Technologist, Ball Areospace
  • John Finney, Founder, IsoTropic Systems
The Satellite of Things: Where Teleports Play in IoT

Wednesday, March 14, 3:15-4:15 pm, Room 201

The growth forecasts for the Internet of Things are off the charts.  The big questions for ground segment and satellite operators is how they are to capture the value of that growth.  While most IoT traffic will traverse terrestrial wireless networks, only the "Satellite of Things" can realize the ubiquitous global connectivity that IoT evangelists envision, touching cars and trucks, ships and aircraft, and bridging urban, suburban and rural geographies.  Giant carriers and technology companies will inevitably win the lion's share of IoT business, but the Internet of Things is evolving less as an industry than as an ecosystem, where the specific skillsets of multiple industries are needed.  Where can teleport operators play in the IoT space?  What partnerships – including with satellite operators – are needed to provide a compelling value proposition?  What business development strategies will capture customers and what technologies do service providers need to bring to the table? Moderated by: Fred Morris, Vice President, Satellite Operators Market Vertical, Comtech EF Data


  • Alessandro Caranci, General Manager, SATCOM, Telespazio
  • Bruce Elbert, President, Application Technology Strategy
  • Dave Rehbehn, Vice President, International Marketing, Hughes
  • Erwan Emilian, EVP, of Enterprise and Emerging Markets, SpeedCast

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