The second digital program for SATELLITE takes a closer look at the EMEA region, exploring unique challenges and opportunities and talking with leaders from the EMEA region. The EMEA Region Digital Forum is part of the SATELLITE 2021 Conference and open to Executive All-Access pass holders only.

Tuesday, May 18

*All times in GMT-5

10:00am–10:30amOPENING KEYNOTE
10:45am–11:30am5G AND THE DIGITAL DIVIDE: HOW TO AVOID A DIVIDE GROWING INTO A CHASM
5G can create an environment ripe for innovation through IoT applications and enhanced security. However, there is still the issue of inclusion and access to connectivity in rural areas and remote communities. This session dives into the discussion of new systems in Europe including the EC’s proposed LEO constellation.
11:45am-12:30pmASIA SATELLITE FOCUS: CAN REGIONAL OPERATORS SURVIVE AND THRIVE?
Asia still presents huge opportunities for satellite. It is home to vast country populations, spread out geographies, and a lack of terrestrial infrastructure. However, there has been a lot of management changes among the big players in the region. What are the prospects for some of the biggest regional players here and how has the demand for satellite-based services change?
12:45pm–1:15pmKEYNOTE PRESENTATION
2:15pm–3:00pmEND USERS SPEAK: WHAT MORE DO THEY NEED FROM THE SATELLITE
A mix of service providers and customers about their changing needs for satellite as we enter this new decade. Is there still frustration with bandwidth pricing and availability? Cost of satellite equipment? Here we get the perspective from end-users and how their story blends with the satellite industry’s story.
3:15pm-4:00pmREGIONAL OPERATORS TALK IMPACT OF LEO, OPPORTUNITIES OUTSIDE GEO
With the rejuvenation of OneWeb and Telesat making a huge announcement, there is little doubt that LEO will be the front and center of the satellite industry. But, what does this mean in a regional context? While Starlink is blazing a trail in the US, what is the opportunity for LEO in the rest of the world, and can it make a real impact across regions such as Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia?
Wednesday, May 19
10:30am-11:15amSATELLITES AND 5G IN EMEA: NEW RELATIONSHIPS BECKON
5G has been hailed as a ‘once in a generation’ opportunity for the satellite industry, as the world moves to faster, quicker Internet to power businesses and communities. While there has been much talk about the C-band situation in the US, where is the 5G rollout out across other regions and countries, and how is this situation different from the US? What is the satellite angle in the upcoming 5G revolution?
11:30am–12:15pmGROUND SEGMENT FOCUS: MEETING THE NEEDS OF REGIONAL CUSTOMERS
With so much focus on the hundreds, if not thousands, of satellites going up over the next few years, there has been a renewed focus on the ground piece of the ecosystem. The demands on tech providers are greater than ever. How are they responding to challenges to bring lower cost, more efficient equipment, and tech to operators worldwide? Here we tackle that age-old question of satellite equipment actually meeting the needs of customers.
12:30pm–1:00pmKEYNOTE PRESENTATION
2:00pm-2:45pmDEVELOPMENT IN SPACE IN AFRICA: POSSIBILITIES FOR CO-OPERATION
More African countries are becoming space players and new space agencies are emerging in the region. How can a harmonized space policy and strategy help propel Africa into the global space race?
Thursday, May 20
10:30am-11:30amMOBILITY ROUNDTABLE: BOUNCEBACK AFTER HUGE COVID HIT
We know the satellite industry has relied heavily on cruise, shipping, and airline customers in recent times. However, these were some of the hardest hit industries after COVID. How are regional airlines and cruise companies bouncing back after an incredibly difficult 2020? What has changed since pre-COVID times and what are the plans for moving forward?
11:45am-12:15pmTELCO VIEWPOINT
A major telco examines the relationship between telecoms and satellite and talks about the potential for the two to work closer together.