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WTA Executive Dialogue Series CommunicAsia
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6/26/2018 to 6/28/2018
When: June 26-28, 2018
Where: Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre
10 Bayfront Avenue
Singapore 018956
Contact: Randall Barney
+1 212-825-0218 Ext. 104

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Executive Dialogues CommunicAsia 2018
The World Teleport Association’s Executive Dialogue Series provides WTA members with opportunities to share their viewpoints, experience and technical knowledge with a global audience. During CommunicAsia 2018, WTA will conduct video interviews with executives of WTA member companies in the Distribution area of the show floor for playout on the WTA Web site.

WTA’s Director of Certification and Membership, Randall Barney, will be conducting interviews at our booth Level 1 Stand 1N4-09 (Marina Bay) or your booth.

Interviews will be conducted June 26-28.

Industry Dialogue Themes 2018

CommunicAsia 2018
Opportunity and Challenge

The business environment in which teleport operators work is being disrupted by technology and market change.  Their established businesses face disruption from new models of connectivity (HTS, MEO and LEO), the rising domination of software over hardware, customer demands for seamless global service, and the opportunity to innovate up the value chain to meet new customer needs – if only they can bring the depth of technology knowledge and high-speed innovation required.  Faced with these challenges, how are teleport operators in different market segments adapting?  What market opportunities are they targeting and where are they investing their capital?  What are their biggest obstacles to growth and the biggest threats to their survival? 


1.         What are the biggest opportunities your company sees in the next 3 years, whether it is markets, applications or geographic areas?

2.         What completely new customer need do you think teleports will be serving in 5 years that they do not target today?

3.         Of all the changes sweeping the business, what do you perceive as the greatest challenges to be overcome?


Factoring 5G into Your Future

The 5G mobile standard is beginning to emerge from a haze of promises and possibilities into realistic requirements and technology pilots.  It is a long way still from introduction or adoption, because of the massive mobile infrastructure that must be deployed.  But the specifications are impressive: 20 Gbps per mobile cell, speeds from a minimum of 100 Mbps up to 1 Gbps, with the ability to support up to 1 million connected devices per square kilometer to support the Internet of Things.   It will also operate in high frequency bands, some of which are currently reserved for satellite.  The implications are profound for businesses that that now deliver major bandwidth for customer networks through a mix of satellite and fiber.  How closely is the teleport industry following the development of 5G? How might massive amounts of terrestrial wireless bandwidth impact the teleport business model?  What moves should teleport operators make now and in the future to protect their long-term success?  In this report, mobile technology experts and teleport operators share their vision of the future. 


1.         The promised speed and capacity of 5G mobile could offer a true competitive alternative to the transmission services provided by teleports and satellite networks.  Do you see it as a  threat?  Why or why not?

2.         What opportunities could the introduction of very high bandwidth mobile services create for your company in the long term?

3.         How do you expect your business to evolve in the face of the threats and opportunities of ever-rising terrestrial capacity? 


Clouding Up: How Teleport Operators Become Cloud Service Providers and Integrate Cloud Services into their Operations

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?


1.         What cloud-based capabilities are customers demanding – or are you developing to meet customer needs that they are not yet aware of?

2.         Is your cloud strategy to integrate public cloud services like Amazon into services, or to become a private cloud provider to your customers?  

3.         Where do you see the introduction of cloud services strengthening your competitive advantages and where might they pose a threat to future growth?


Artificial Intelligence in Teleport Operations

Machine learning systems are expected to have enormous impact on business processes, consumer services and government operations.  They promise to improve monitoring and maintenance, automate response to problems, enhance customer service and provide completely new capabilities.  How are today’s teleport operators and their technology partners integrating AI into operations, processes and services to customers, and what have they learned so far about what works, what is cost-effective and what still has a long way to go before it delivers value?


1.         Where are artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies already making an impact in teleport and satellite operations?

2.         What new products and services do you expect to incorporate AI in the future, and how will it impact their performance and value?

3.         How does the availability of AI products and services change how teleport and satellite operations are managed and services are delivered?


Alternative General Questions


  • What products or services are you introducing and/or featuring during CommunicAsia 2018?
  • What are the unique challenges and opportunities in this region? 
  • How does your solution help meet these challenges and opportunities?
  • What are visitors talking about at this year’s show?



Videos will be streamed on the WTA website for a full year following the event and promoted to WTA members, teleport and satellite customers and the trade press.

Next Action

Contact WTA to schedule an interview and discuss topics you would like to address.


Sponsorship of an Executive Dialogue Series Theme is available. Contact WTA Membership Director, Randall Barney,, +1 212-825-0218 ext 104

WTA Contacts

For questions or to schedule an interview, please contact WTA Membership Director Randall Barney at, +1 212-825-0218 ext 104

Past Event Coverage

Click here for past WTA Executive Dialogue Series Videos forums at CABSAT, NAB, AfricaCom, CommunicAsia and IBC.


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