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3/12/2012 to 3/14/2012
When: 3/12/2012
Where: Walther E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC  20001
United States

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SATELLITE 2012, March 12-15, is an event during which long-term business contacts are developed, contracts are signed, products are demonstrated and leaders within our industry share marketplace intelligence and business solutions. The Ground Segment Business Forum at SATELLITE is a half-day forum produced by WTA. It focuses on the delivery of value-added communications and network services via satellite to customers in media, enterprise and government markets.

WTA members receive a discount on SATELLITE registration using a promotion code provided by WTA (The Member Resources page will be updated with the promotion code - please check back). Members may also access free exhibition hall passes for their customers and guests. (password-protected)


Teleport Awards for Excellence
Lunch and ceremony from 12:00 - 1:30 pm
WTA's annual awards invitational luncheon to honor the 2012 Teleport Operator, Technology, and Executive of the Year, as well as the Corporate Social Responsibility Award winner.

Ground Segment Business Forum

Satellite Services: Going Where the Growth Is
1:30-2:45 pm, Room 207B

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?  What kinds of partnerships will be required, and what strategies will produce the best results?  And are global opportunities open only to global players, or can the smaller service providers effectively seize opportunities in distant lands?   Moderated by Maury Mechanick, Counsel, White & Case.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Jaime Dickinson, CEO, Newcom International
  • David Furstenberg, Chairman of the Board, NovelSat
  • Bob Hansen, Senior Vice President Sales, Comtech EF Data
  • Glenn Katz , CEO, Spacenet
  • David Myers, President, Government Solutions, Harris CapRock
  • Elias Zaccack, SVP Commercial Americas, SES

Ka-Band’s Impact on Ground-Based Services
3:00-4:15 pm, Room 207B

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.  Applications under discussion range from video contribution and interactive DTH to hybrid Ku/Ka-band systems for enterprise and government.  But the closed nature of Ka-band networks presents a new and challenging model to teleport operators and service providers, who may be competing with a Ka-band alternative in the future.  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?  Moderated by Bruce Elbert, President, Application Technology Strategy.

Confirmed speakers:
  • Mike Cook, Senior Vice President, Hughes
  • Doron Elinav, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Gilat
  • Tom Moore, Senior Vice President, ViaSat
  • Dave Bettinger, CTO, iDirect
  • Serge van Herck, CEO, Newtec
  • Stephen Yablonski, Senior Vice President, Chief Technical Officer and Research and Development, Expert Teams, Globecomm

How Tablet and Connected TV Will Re-Engineer the Satellite Services Business
4:30-5:45 pm, Room 207B

Television has been fundamental to the satellite industry since its inception.  And 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.  While TV retains the largest audience of all media, consumers increasingly choose to consume it where, when and how they want.  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?  What moves are they making today in order to prepare for a future of major change?   Moderated by M. Brett Belinsky, Strategy & Business Development Director, Arqiva Broadcast & Media.

Confirmed Speakers:
  • Bill Tillson, President & COO, Encompass Digital Media
  • Bart Palmer, CTO, GlobeCast Americas
  • Koby Zontag,Senior Director, Sales and Business Development, RRsat Global Communications Network
  • Tim Jackson, Vice President of Media Product Management, Intelsat
  • Antonio Arcidiacono, Director of Innovation, Eutelsat


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