Introduction & Backdrop



The HTS 2017 DC Roundtable: LEOs, MEOs & GEOs and the New Risk vs Reward Gambit, will explore, in-depth, a range of issues pertaining to the massive growth opportunities for the market for satellite-based broadband solutions.


Focusing on those issues and opportunities arising from a host of new applications that are being delivered into new market sectors, including into the communications on the move (COTM) ecosystem, which are being enabled through the deployment of more-highly bandwidth efficient networks that use the advanced in-orbit technologies of existing and planned high throughput satellite (HTS) systems, together with planned future constellations of hundreds of low-Earth orbiting global communications satellites as announced by Google, Qualcomm, Virgin Galactic, etc., the event will examine the latest big trends that beg some very big questions.



30 – 100 Gbps at Subscription Rates



As satellite communications continue to grab the headlines with HTS communications now delivering 30-100 Gbps connectivity to millions of users at subscription rates that transform the broadband value proposition and the strategic connectivity plan, and as the “mega-LEOs” prepare for launches on a scale never before seen, HTS companies are already extending their services into nearly every operating environment. On planes, trains and ships, and in cities, villages and living rooms, the full spectrum of enterprises – and now consumers – are taking advantage of applications that require new definitions of “access”.



The Satellite Broadband Market: present & future



The Roundtable sessions will explore the satellite broadband market, present & future, from the viewpoint that as global data demand grows at C, Ku and Ka bands, HTS has already started providing the ability to significantly accelerate the use of satellite broadband, addressing user requirements for the multi-service networks of the Internet era, and the environment of applications and service in the Cloud, and asking, “What does this opportunity really promise at the market level, for providers and users?”



Are Operators Offerings Essentially the Same?



Other sessions will offer a broad overview of exactly what high throughput satellite operators are already providing, or planning and preparing to provide, and will ask such questions as: “Are operator offerings essentially the same?” | “Is all high throughput alike?” | “How are regional market variations being reflected in the offerings which comprise regional operator initiatives?” | “Which operators are taking only the Ka band route to new services delivery, and which are developing multi­band service strategies in their HTS play?” | “Where are hybrid technology solutions to be positioned?”



The Role of the Value Added Reseller (VAR)



Additional programme content will examine HTS applications in detail, including issues related to deployment, and the role of the value added reseller (VAR) in the equipment and service supply chain. Incorporated in this the Roundtable will explore the varying requirements of mobile environments on land and at sea, aspects of the latest advanced broadcast environment, rural telecommunications, and the fact that provision of HTS-based applications brings a wealth of opportunity for innovative supply to meet emerging demand. Questions to be addressed will include: “How are such high demand applications markets as PSTN infrastructure extension/telco trunking, broadband Internet access, and mobile terrestrial backhaul for GSM & 3G to LTE & 4G on planes, trains & ships to be satisfied?”



Cyber Security – A Point of Vulnerability



The Roundtable programme will also look at issues of Cyber Security. As the number of HTS launches continues to grow we will ask the question “Do HTS solutions represent a stronger defence against cyber-attacks, or are they a point of vulnerability?”



How will HTS and the Mega-LEOs Compete?



Additionally, we will ask, “How will the HTS and Mega-LEO services compete… or will they be complementary?”  “How will they be differentiated and priced?”  “How will they be contracted and regulated?” “How are the new constellations going to be launched?” “How will the systems satisfy end-user requirements?”


And, “Who will win?” Not just among the satellite operators, but everyone in the value chain: Manufacturers, integrators, network licensees and, ultimately, the users – wireless operators, maritime & aeronautical interests, oil & gas companies, military, civil government agencies, and not least the individual consumer.


The answers are out there. They draw upon the recent track record of a growing list of industry leaders, including Eutelsat and Avanti in Europe, Yahsat and Arabsat in Africa and the Middle East, IPStar in Asia, and Hughes and Viasat in the Americas. Added to their experience are the innovation and short-term plans of competitors such as Inmarsat’s Global Xpress service, Intelsat’s EPIC offering, O3B’s mid-earth orbit solution, and more than a dozen other launches.



An Exciting New Chapter in Satellite Communications



Indeed, most of the world’s dozens of satellite operators have either ordered or plan to order high-capacity satellites and 14 million households and 50% of enterprise terminals are predicted to be using high-capacity platforms by 2020.


Building upon six previous GVF-EMP Partnership “High-Throughput Satellite Roundtables”, held in London & Washington DC, this event will serve as a forum where these trends and these companies will be examined, revealing insights into how this exciting new chapter in satellite communications continues to rewrite the way that applications are delivered in the world today.