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Thu, 29 Sep: 08:30 - 16:00 PDT

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Level 3, W316, WEST HALL

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SATELLITE @ MWC Las Vegas is a one-day thought leadership summit that will unite the satellite and terrestrial telco worlds and cover topics that are imperative to their successful collaboration.


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08:00 – 08:30
Breakfast sponsored by Intelsat


08:30 – 09:00
KEYNOTE: David Kagan, CEO, Globalstar


09:00 – 09:30
FIRESIDE CHAT with Sara Spangelo, Sr. Director, Satellite Engineering, SpaceX


09:30 – 10:15
Satellite-Terrestrial Hybrid Networks: The Fastest Road to 5G



Jeffrey Hill, Chair, SATELLITE Conference


Bhanu Durvasula, VP, International Division, Hughes Network Systems
Brian Pemberton, Chief Commercial Officer, Omnispace
Scott Wisniewski, Chief Strategy Officer, AST SpaceMobile
Semir Hassanaly, Head of Cellular Backhaul and Trunking, ST Engineering iDirect


Learn how today’s satellite systems can serve as the most reliable, cost-effective, and quick-to-deploy pipeline for service providers delivering next-generation 5G and IoT services to customers in rural and remote areas. Satellite industry executives will explain in detail how satellites can save both billions of dollars in infrastructure costs and years of time to deployment – all while working seamlessly with terrestrial and cellular services in a hybrid network.



10:45 – 11:15
Creating a Universal Language for Satellite Antennas, Cell Towers, and Handheld Devices


Jason Nelson, VP, Partnerships and Development, WIA – Wireless Infrastructure Association



Juan Deaton, Board of Directors, Digital Intermediate Frequency Interoperability (DIFI) Consortium; Director Research Scientist, Apothym Technology Group
Margo Deckard, COO & Co-Founder, Lynk
Greg Quiggle, SVP of Product Management, Kratos


 Satellite technology developers have been working toward more universal compatibility with consumer devices, terrestrial networks, and between satellite antennas to create seamless global connectivity for customers. This session will focus on recent activity and critical steps the satellite industry has been taking to advance open technologies and standards and break free from IP silos.



11:30 – 12:00
KEYNOTE: What it Takes to Extend the 5G Network Edge with Satellite

Carlos Gutierrez, Head of Telco Portfolio and Solutions, SES

Demand for 5G networks is everywhere, even in areas beyond the reach of terrestrial networks. However, bringing 5G to these areas represents complex challenges in network planning, engineering, and operations. In this presentation, SES tackles these challenges head-on, revealing practical discoveries in extending the mobile network edge via satellite for one of the world’s largest network operators. This session will also feature results from rigorous demonstrations and proof-of-concept testing, which have revealed essential performance thresholds required for enabling satellite-based 5G networks anywhere on the globe.


13:00 – 14:00
Satellite Bandwidth: Pricing Trends and Supply Forecasts



David Hartshorn, CEO, Geeks Without Frontiers 


Nathan de Ruiter, Managing Director, Euroconsult
Joseph Ibeh, Analyst, NSR, an Analysys Mason Company
Frank Czulo, President, Global Network Solutions, Network Innovations
Declan Ganley, Executive Chairman, Rivada Space Networks


The mobile services industry’s reliance on satellite bandwidth is expected to continue to accelerate for everything from backhaul to mid-band spectrum 5G services. With thousands of new satellites and several constellation systems launching during the next few years, it is important to understand how operators value spectrum and prioritize its availability. Speakers on this panel will explain how commercial space companies balance spectrum supply and invest in areas of high demand.


14:30 – 15:00
KEYNOTE: Bridging the Cellular and Satellite Worlds: Case Studies from the Field

Hadeel Fayad, Head of Cellular Backhaul Product Management, Intelsat



15:00 – 16:00
Multi-Orbit Satellite Broadband for Rural/Remote Industry and Enterprise



Jeffrey Hill, Chair, SATELLITE Conference


Tim Last, VP of IoT, Aviation, and the Americas, Iridium
Diego Paldao, Director, Market Development, SES
Richard Swardh, SVP, Premium Enterprise & Mobile Operators, Comtech Satellite Network Technologies
Brendan Sullivan, SVP, Intelligent Edge Solutions, Viasat


Most people know that high-profile next-generation satellite constellation systems such as SpaceX Starlink, OneWeb, Viasat-3, Telesat Lightspeed, and Amazon Kuiper are targeting consumer connectivity on the other side of the digital divide. What most people don’t know is how operators are also planning to use these systems to deliver extensive enterprise broadband and IoT capabilities to industries that operate in these same areas. Learn how satellites are filling the world’s last remaining connectivity gaps for global enterprise customers.



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