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WTA Ground Systems Forum @ SATELLITE 2019
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When: May 8, 2019
Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center - Room 147
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC  20001
United States
Contact: Randall Barney
+ 1 2128250218

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Factoring 5G into the Future of Satellite Service Providers

Wed. May 8, 9:30-10:30, Room 147

Mobile backhaul and base station networking have long been an important business for satellite and teleport operators.  NSR estimates that satellite-based cellular backhaul in-service units will grow at double-digit rates from about 40,000 in 2016 to more than 120,000 in 2027. The roll-out of 5G mobile service has the potential to accelerate that growth.  The 5G standard will provide devices on the network with between 1 and 10 Gbps of speed with practically unlimited capacity – which translates into a requirement for backhaul that is 100 times greater than today.  To keep deployment costs manageable, 5G networks will centralize most processing in data centers and use new technologies to interconnect baseband units with remote radio units at the edge, something known as fronthaul.  That centralization means that fronthaul traffic will add considerably to the capacity demands of 5G.   The long-term roll-out of 5G therefore depends on managing a hybrid mix of fiber, microwave and satellite.  Teleport and satellite operators face a long-term opportunity to expand into the mobile niche and become much more than a service provider of last resort as they are today.  What do they need to do now to prepare themselves for the opportunities to come? 


  • Thomas Van Den Driessche, CEO, Newtec


  • Jay LaPrise, SVP, Global Transmission Operations, Encompass
  • Georg Mayer, 3GPP CT Chairman, Huawei
  • Nile Suwansiri, CCO, Thaicom
  • Janjay Singam, VP, Global Engineering, ITC Global & Director, Space Segment Management, Panasonic Avionics


Satellites, Teleports and Big Data

Wed. May 8, 10:45-11:45, Room 147

The big data revolution is big news on the ground, but how will it impact the business of connecting the highway and the skyway?  NSR estimates that the biggest markets for big data via satellite will be in transportation, government/military and oil & gas – sectors where teleport operators are deeply embedded.  Devices and connectivity are key parts of the mix, but so are applications: formatted data streams and data analytics are the end-products that customers actually need.  Success in big data requires teleport operators to evolve beyond connectivity to management of complex networks, sophisticated information processing and a deep understanding of customer requirements.  What are the opportunities and business challenges for teleport operators and satellite operators and how will gain a meaningful share of a high-growth market? 


  • Michael Smith, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Technologies, Kratos


  • Alessandro Caranci, Head of SATCOM, Telespazio
  • Scott Mumford, Group Managing Executive of Satellite and VSAT, Liquid Telecom
  • Steven Soenens, Product Marketing Director, Skyline Communications
  • Jorge Villarreal, CEO, Elara Comunicaciones


What's the Technology Roadmap to Low-Cost Ground Systems?

Wed. May 8, 1:45-2:45, Room 147

Times of drastic change can be tough times to maintain profitability.  With established markets and processes, skillful managers can find plenty of opportunity to develop new efficiencies and trim costs.  When services, technologies and markets are in flux, it becomes much harder to estimate costs, prioritize investment and make smart personnel decisions.  Yet the same changes also bring new opportunities to replace high-cost technologies with lower-cost ones and re-engineer operations in major ways.  How can teleport operators deploy technology and improve operational practices to open new routes to higher margins in a fast-changing market?


  • Paul Scardino, Senior Vice President, Speedcast


  • Alvaro Sanchez, CEO, Integrasys
  • Andy Lucas, Senior Vice President, Satellite Operators and Mobility, Comtech EF Data
  • Aviv Ronai, VP Marketing & Product, NovelSat
  • Vagan Shakhgildian, President & CEO, UHP Networks


Integrating LEO Constellations into Teleport Services

Wed. May 8, 3:00-4:00, Room 147

The year 2019 is a critical one for the first attempt since Iridium to loft a large-scale constellation of low-earth-orbit satellites promising to transform global communications.  OneWeb is leader of the pack of LEO constellations seeking to deliver low-priced, low-latency connectivity everywhere and its success could have major market impacts for GEO satellite operators and teleport operators.  Already, LEO operators are in serious deal-making mode with operators of ground segment to provide the gateways they need to manage and provide access to their constellations.  At a moment when most of that impact is still to come, we seek answers from LEO constellations in development, GEO operators, teleport operators and the examples of Iridium, Globalstar and Thuraya integration into the business model of teleport operators.    


  • Ronald van der Breggen, CCO, LeoSat


  • Jay Bloom, Vice President, Ground Systems & Operations, OneWeb
  • Joe Portale, Strategic Planner Principal, Lockheed Martin
  • Barry Matsumori, CEO, BridgeSat
  • Dan White, Executive Vice President, Americas, Swedish Space Corporation (SSC)
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