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Satellite and the 5G Journey (Session 1)

About this event

The Satellite & the 5G Journey Webinar

3G . 4G . LTE and the Internet in Space

The distribution of 5G services, through the direct integration of 5G enabled satellites with terrestrial networks, is a game changer... the importance of which is hard to over-estimate. This hybrid mix promises high speed internet connectivity on land, in the air and at sea, for cars, trucks, trains, vessels, aircraft and unmanned air and surface vehicles, in rural, remote and other such hard-to-reach locations.

The Satellite and the 5G Journey programme will bring together a panel of noted specialists with a diversity of expertise, to offer their perspective on the state of play. The following subject areas have been identified as being essential coverage in the context of this programme;

Programme points

 - GEOs . MEOs . LEOs . Mega Constellations... 5G Enabled Satellites and the NewSpace Race

- The Future Satellite 5G Hybrid Mix and the Interconnected World... Smart Cities . Infrastructure . Road . Rail

- New Mobility Services... Transport . CAVs . Drones . Maritime . Inflight and the Digital Citizen

- Integrated Satellite with NTN and 5G Infrastructure to Support Billions of IoT Devices 

- Satellite Backhaul to Supplement Terrestrial 5G Infrastructure... a Spectrum Efficient Option


The programme will consist of 2 x 90 minute panel sessions featuring 4 - 6 panellists per session, each delivering on a subject of their choice, following which there will be an extended Q&A session. Delegates are invited to put their questions in advance via the registration process or to submit them via a chat box during the Q&A. Please click on the registration link above and register for both sessions in order to attend the full programme. To view the programme please click on the link above.


Session 1 (14.00 - 15.30)

Lluc Palerm, Senior Analyst, NSR (Northern Sky Research)

Alyson Edmunds, Head of Digital Innovation, O2 Telefonica

Simon Watts, Principal Consultant 5G and Satcom, Avanti

Alex Besen, Founder & CEO, The Besen Group

Gerry Collins, Director Networks Product Management, Intelsat

Session 2 (15.45 - 17.15)

David Meltzer, Secretary General, GVF

Richard Swardh, SVP Mobile Network Operators, Comtech EF Data

Luc Perard, SVP IoT Business, Connectivity Business Line, Eutelsat

Munira Jaffar, Director Spectrum and Standards, EchoStar

Bhanu Durvasula, VP International, International Products & Operations, Hughes

Hosted by

  • Guest speaker
    Gerry Collins Director Networks Product Management @ Intelsat

    Gerry's expertise is in bringing new technologies to international markets, whether it be through managing product strategy, driving marketing plans associated with new technologies or driving sales through sales engineering. Gerry is also Vice Chairman of the UMTS Forum and has worked previous...

  • Guest speaker
    Alex Besen

    Alex Besen provides strategic advisory, business development, market research and training services in the mobile data industry. His references include Ericsson, MTS, Nokia, Globalstar, Fernebahce, Orange, Speedcast, Sprint, T-Mobile US and Turk Telekom.

  • Team member
    Paul Stahl C21@century21comms.com Executive @ C21

  • Guest speaker
    Bhanu Durvasula VP International, International Products & Operations @ Hughes

  • Guest speaker
    Lluc Palerm Senior Analyst @ Northern Sky Research (NSR)

    Lluc's focus at NSR is Satellite Broadband and Ground Segment covering key growth areas such as new markets unlocked by HTS, opportunities opened by innovations in ground segment, how SatCom integrates in the telecom ecosystem, Enterprise VSAT, Consumer Broadband or Cellular Backhaul.

  • Guest speaker
    Richard Swardh Senior Vice President Mobile Network Operators @ Comtech EF Data

    Richard is an executive manager with more than 20 years international experience in business development, partnership management, marketing and consultative sales in the global Telecom, Satellite and ICT industry.

  • Guest speaker
    Alyson Edmunds

    Alyson's role is to uncover customer insight, competitor intelligence and technology innovations around mobility and digital solutions and then present innovative ideas on art of possible and future trends to business customers.

  • Guest speaker
    Munira Jaffar Director Spectrum and Standards @ EchoStar

    Munira's background is in Technology, management, business and strategy professional with proven leadership and extensive experience in wireless telecommunications, spectrum, and Public Safety Broadband. Prior to Echostar she has held a number of high profile positions with Lockheed Martin and ...

  • Guest speaker
    Simon Watts Principal Consultant 5G and Satcom @ Avanti

    Simon has close to four decades experience working in telecommunications including 14 years with British Telecom and 12 years at Hughes. His core competence is in Network Design and Architecture – within a commercial framework.

  • Guest speaker
    David Meltzer Secretary General @ GVF

    David has 30 years of experience in the humanitarian and satellite industries and currently leads GVF... the sole global trade associaion for the commercial satellite industry. Prior to this he served for thirteen years at the American Red Cross, finishing as it's General Counsel and 16 years at...

  • Guest speaker
    Benjamin Posthuma Strategic and Technological Leader @ Kymeta

    Benjamin is an accomplished professional, with over 18 years of experience as a thought leader, strategist, program manager, project engineer, and director of research and development projects. His experience includes spells with the Marine Corp Systems Command and Northrop Gruman IS.

  • Guest speaker
    Luc Perard Senior Vice President, IoT Business, Connectivity Business Line @ Eutelsat

    An avid business developer, highly successful in designing and executing go-to-market and sales strategies in the Digital and Internet of Things (IoT) industries. In addition to his current role with Eutelsat, Lluc's experience includes spells at Cisco Systems, Vodafone, Accenture and ThingWorx.


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