“Video in the Satellite World”
While there is much cause for optimism for the satellite industry in this new decade, the road ahead is fraught with many obstacles as well. From major acquisitions to key technological achievements, 2019 had a bit of everything. It has been quite a year for the satellite industry, as the new era of satellite communications comes ever closer.
It is definitely a very interesting decade ahead for the satellite sector as it begins to reinvent itself, and certainly a lot more to be positive about as we look forward to 2020.
What’s New for 2020?
The Satellite Industry Forum is the main event of the industry to debate and discuss the future of satellite and video in Asia. We look forward to welcoming 50 speakers and over 200 participants to Singapore as we continue to curate the conversations that are most relevant to the state of the industry today.
Some of the topics of discussion include:
|08:50||Welcome Remarks by Chairman of AVIA Satellite Industry Committee|
|09:10||Opening Keynote: Satellite’s Future Path
Prevailing trends in satellite telecommunications have the industry at a crossroads. The industry must adapt to succeed in the years ahead. In this opening presentation, we explore the trends to expect and predictions to come from the industry at large over the course of the year; and what some of the new options are for sustainable and long term growth.
|09:30||Asia Pacific Leaders Roundtable: Satellite Trends in the New Decade
While there appears to be much cause for optimism for the satellite industry in this new decade, the road ahead is fraught with obstacles as well. In this opening panel, thought leaders will share their perspectives on the business drivers for satellite communications and applications. How will the industry shape up in the next decade to take full advantage of the opportunities before it and surmount the accompanying challenges?
|10:20||Keynote Presentation: Future Network Integration and Consolidation
|11:10||Weighing the Bear vs Bull Case for 5G
Despite a wave of rosy predictions about the impact of a fifth generation of wireless technology on consumer and enterprise connectivity, not everyone is bullish about 5G’s potential. In this session, we hear opinions on how long it will take for 5G to translate into higher revenue growth. How can satellite play a bigger role in 5G than they have in previous generations of mobile network? How long does it take for satellite to fully join in the 5G ecosystem? What are the challenges when it comes to allocating spectrum (both C-band and 28 GHz band) for 5G in Asia? Can video work on 5G?
Country Focus: Updates on Thailand’s New Satellite Licensing Regulations
Satellite businesses in Thailand have been operating under concession contracts for almost three decades. The country's satellite segment is set for business liberalisation this year to capitalise on the US$400 billion (12 trillion baht) space industry. This conversation will give a holistic view of the Government’s vision, plans and implementation of the new licensing regime that will open doors for new and existing players, allowing the use of foreign satellites that have a footprint in Thailand.
|12:10||Captains of Industry: What’s the Next (Big) Idea?
Brought back by popular demand, this diverse panel unites captains of the satellite industry for a high-level talk on the next big thing. Speakers will share their short and long-term market forecasts of the satellite business, cover unexpected milestones, new applications and technologies, potential unforeseen challenges and opportunities, and much more!
|14:00||Outcomes from WRC-19: View on Asia
Delegates from around the world attending the WRC-19 arrived at compromise solutions that seem to have had both the interests of the satellite and cellular communications sectors at heart. One of the major themes was the emergence of 5G networks and how to ensure global harmonization and the identification of more high-frequency spectrum that could be set aside for 5G services. In this session, we will address the key outcomes of WRC-19 and how will these have an impact on Asia.
Country Focus: Unlocking Indonesia’s Digital Opportunity
Indonesia is home to the world’s fourth largest population, with citizens residing in more than 500 districts and 80,000 villages spread across approximately 6,000 inhabited islands. With the growth of Indonesia’s digital landscape and the need for greater broadband connections for users of internet in Indonesia, satellite plays a greater role in reaching people in remote areas. In this session, we look at how satellite will accelerate Indonesian broadband penetration, helping the creation of Indonesia’s digital society, and achieving what the government has envisioned to become Southeast Asia’s biggest digital nation.
Country Focus: Satellite Communications Policy in India
The satellite sector in India plays a significant role in achieving the dream of “Digital India”. In this session, we look at what the government’s plan is on the revision of the satcom policy in light of emerging requirements led by 5G, among other developments.
|15:30||2020: A Landmark Year for 4K UHD?
Making UHD/4K a production reality has certainly been challenging, with implications for every stage of the workflow – from camera capture to domestic reception. But even if consumers are routinely demanding UHD, the challenge for broadcasters remain. The big issue is to integrate [UHD seamlessly] into the overall production, and this is still very much a live issue. In this panel, broadcasters will address the challenges and opportunities in 4K. How are they transitioning from HD to 4K? How are they supporting 4K content going forward?
|16:20||NGSO Innovation: Technology and Market Updates
Applications for approximately 20,000 NGSO communications satellites have been filed, with launch plans for the mid-2020s. Several of these constellations have already begun to launch, and manufacturing facilities for these satellites are building at an unprecedented rate. This panel will provide an update from NGSO communications providers on both the advances in their technology, how well video works with the NGSO systems, and their perceived market outlook.
|16:50||Satellite Financing: What to Watch out for in 2020 and Onwards
According to NSR’s recent report, 2020 and onwards will see major CAPEX investments from a few key satellite operators in largely Aero and Broadband bets. M&A and privatisation are expected to continue, and the industry will slowly consolidate across ecosystem layers. In this session, satellite finance experts will discuss where best to invest in an increasingly transitional market. Going forward, will it be CAPEX costs for new satellites or subscription models? Financial metrics across the satellite industry will be interpreted.
|17:20||Captains of Industry Closing Roundtable: What’s Driving Global Growth for the Satellite Industry in the Next 10 Years?
It has been a year of great change in the satellite industry. Evolving customer needs and requirements in 2019 have led to the need for fast-paced innovation from manufacturers and operators alike. According to NSR’s report, despite a challenging climate for capacity sales, long term projections are promising with revenues doubling over the next 10 years. In this closing panel, we hear from thought leaders on what will drive or inhibit growth in demand for the industry in the coming decade.
|18:10||Satellite Industry Forum Cocktails|