So far, 2020 has been a year of great change for the satellite industry. In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic that is creating shockwaves through every industry in the world, near-term viability for businesses remains a challenge for satellite industry stakeholders. Capacity pricing pressure continues to accelerate, top-line growth remains a big concern, and at a time like this, the Satellite Industry Forum from Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) scheduled in the virtual space on 24th and 25th of September (Thursday and Friday) 0930 to 1130 hrs SGT, will bring a great deal of actionable advice and insights from celebrated thought leaders in the space, on the way ahead.
Among other things, the forum will look at what new trends the Satellite industry will see play out over the next year in Asia Pacific, how resilient and well positioned the satellite industry will be, in surmounting the challenges ahead and finding new opportunities post COVID-19.
Despite the financial impact that many are facing, Northern Sky Research (NSR) remains optimistic. According to its prediction, NSR projects a $81.9 billon opportunity for the communications satellite sector over the next decade, with $51.3 billion for Manufacturing, and $30.6 billion for the Launch market.
2019 has been quite a year for the satellite industry. From major acquisitions to key technological advancements and innovations, this past year has seen a bit of everything. With the COVID-19 pandemic creating shockwaves throughout the world, the satellite industry has not been spared as well.
The consumer market for satellite services is unlikely to be cut during a time of stay-home orders. We have seen a spike in demand for streaming services when the pandemic began to peak and more stringent lockdowns were put in place. It will be interesting to look at how resilient the satellite industry is and how well-poised it is in surmounting the challenges ahead and finding opportunities during the time of COVID-19, as we work towards a global recovery.
What’s new at the Satellite Industry Forum 2020 from AVIA?
- Asia Pacific Leaders Roundtable: Satellite Trends with the impact of COVID-19
- Weighing the Bear vs Bull Case for 5G
- Outcomes from WRC-19: View on Asia
- 2020: A landmark year for 4K UHD?
- Satellite Financing: What to watch for in 2021 and beyond
- Driving Global Growth for the satellite industry in the next decade
Early confirmations from Speakers for Satellite Industry Forum 2020 from AVIA
Agenda: Satellite Industry Forum 2020 from AVIA
Day 1 – 24 Sept 2020 – Thursday (All timings SGT)
|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||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?Panelists:
• Christophe Cazes, CEO, Eutelsat Asia
• Terry Bleakley, Regional VP, Asia Pacific, Intelsat
• Senior representative, MEASATWith Christopher Baugh, President, Northern Sky Research (NSR)
|10:20||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?Panelists:
• Julian Gorman, Head of APAC, GSMA
• Yi Shen Chan, Director, Plum Consulting
• Yew Weng Soo, VP Sales & Market Development, SES Video, SESWith Peter Jackson, CEO, PJ Square
|10:50||Women in Satellite Talks about Gender Equality and Their Prediction about the Satellite Future
At any major satellite conferences or trade shows, you will see that the audience is still predominately male. While things are changing, the change is slow. In this session, our panel will discuss their perspectives, challenges and ideas for pulling together best practices to strengthen gender equality both in the sector and within our organisations. They will also share their perspectives on what the industry might look like.Panelists:
• Anita Bernie, Strategic Business Manager, KISPE Space
• Tina Ghataore, President, Mynaric USA
• Nicole Robinson, SVP Global Government, SES Networks, MD, SES Techcom ServicesWith Aarti Holla-Maini, Secretary General, EMEA Satellite Operators Association (ESOA)
|11:20||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.Panelists:
• Per Hovstad, Principal Spectrum Engineer, AsiaSat
• Aarti Holla-Maini, Secretary General, EMEA Satellite Operators Association (ESOA)
• Tare Brisibe, Senior Legal & Regulatory Counsel, Asia-Pacific, SESWith John Medeiros, Chief Policy Officer, AVIA
|12:00||Closing remarks & end of day 1|
Day 2 – 25 Sept 2020 – Friday (All timings SGT)
|09:35||Keynote In Conversation: The Role of a Global Carrier and Network Operator in the World of Converging Over the Air (OTA) and Over the Top (OTT) Services
Marc Halbfinger, CEO, PCCW Group
|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.Panelists:
• Juliette Leusink, Senior Investment Specialist, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
• Chris Quilty, Founder and Partner, Quilty AnalyticsWith Dara Panahy, Partner, Milbank
|10:25||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?Panelists:
• Shakunt Malhotra, MD, Asia, Globecast
• Alistair Roseburgh, Director, Operations APAC, A+E Networks AsiaWith Louis Boswell, CEO, AVIA
|10:50||Thought Leaders 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.Panelists:
• Roger Tong, CEO, AsiaSat
• Lon Levin, President & CEO, GEOshare
• Paul Estey, EVP, Customer Relations and Advisor to CEO, Maxar Technologies
• Mark Dankberg, CEO, ViaSatWith Gregg Daffner, CEO, GapSat
|11:30||Closing Remarks & End of Satellite Industry Forum|