“Video in the Satellite World”
2019 has been quite a year for the satellite industry. From major acquisitions to key technological advancements and innovations, the last year has seen a bit of everything. With the global COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 that is making shockwaves through every industry in the world, it will have a significant impact on the satellite industry as well.
The consumer market for satellite services are unlikely to be cut during a time of stay-at-home orders. We have seen a spike in demand for streaming services in the second half of March when the pandemic kicked into high gear and more stringent lockdowns were put in place. It will be interesting to see how resilient the satellite industry is and how it well-poised it is in surmounting the challenges ahead and finding opportunities during the time of COVID-19 and the inevitable global recovery.
What’s New for 2020?
|Time||Day 1: 24 Sept|
|09:30||Welcome Remarks by Chairman of AVIA Satellite Industry Committee
Yew Weng Soo, VP Sales & Market Development, SES Video, SES
Louis Boswell, CEO, AVIA
|09:40||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.
|10:00||Asia Pacific Leaders Roundtable: Satellite Trends with the Impact of COVID-19
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?
• Christophe Cazes, CEO, Eutelsat Asia
• Terry Bleakley, Regional VP, Asia Pacific, Intelsat
With Christopher Baugh, President, Northern Sky Research (NSR)
|10:30||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?
• Julian Gorman, Head of APAC, GSMA
• Yi Shen Chan, Director, Plum Consulting
• Yew Weng Soo, VP Sales & Market Development, SES Video, SES
With Peter Jackson, CEO, PJ Square
|11:00||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.
• Senior representative, Asiasat
• Aarti Holla-Maini, Secretary General, EMEA Satellite Operators Association (ESOA)
• Tare Brisibe, Senior Legal & Regulatory Counsel, Asia-Pacific, SES
With John Medeiros, Chief Policy Officer, AVIA
|11:45||Closing remarks & end of day 1|
|Time||Day 2: 25 Sept|
|09:35||Keynote Presentation: Future Network Integration and Consolidation
Marc Halbfinger, CEO, PCCW Group (tentative)
|09:55||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.
With Dara Panahy, Partner, Milbank
|10:20||2021: 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?
• Shakunt Malhotra, MD, Asia, Globecast
• Alistair Roseburgh, Director, Operations APAC, A+E Networks Asia
With Louis Boswell, CEO, AVIA
|10:50||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.
• Roger Tong, CEO, AsiaSat
• Lon Levin, President & CEO, GEOshare
• Mark Dankberg, CEO, ViaSat
With Gregg Daffner, CEO, strong>GapSat
|11:20||Closing Remarks & End of Satellite Industry Forum|