Commercial Space Applications:  Transformation, Fusion and Competition

Trieste, Italy, October 16 - 19, 2017.


The 2017 Colloquium entitled High Throughput Satellite (HTS) Broadband Opportunities: Orbits, Architectures, Spectrum, Interference and Markets will be held prior to the Joint Conference on Monday, October 16, 2017

The Colloquium is organized by the Co-Chairs:
Dr Hector Fenech, Director Future Satellite Systems, Eutelsat, France
Dr Nader S. Alagha, Senior Telecommunications Systems Engineer, ESA, The Netherlands

Colloquium Synopsis

There has been a paradigm shift in the way the world communicates over the past 5 years. The term Social Media not only can refer to the many new applications that now allow almost casual communication between anyone, anywhere, anytime, but also can encompass new forms of personal devices used for this communication. The telephone and desk top have given way to the smart phone and iPad; voice conversations have given way to text, Facebook and facetime. Perhaps the most significant innovation has been the availability of very small high resolution cameras that have changed the mix of traffic to be very much more video intensive, with a subsequent increase in data rate and bandwidth requirement, both in access channels and network backbone.

Much of this is activity is tied to mobility and universal access and therefore wireless technologies have become even more important. Faced with the wider availability and increased functionality of new generations of terrestrial wireless (e.g., LTE), it is fair to say that the Satellite Communications industry is struggling to redefine its role and niche in this new world. Traditionally satellites have been accepted as viable in wideband broadcast, in mobility and in extending the reach of any new application to less populated or less developed regions. The industry continues to explore these areas for its future and looks for roles in both extending the reach of wireless systems (e.g., 3G, 4G and 5G Backhaul) and in direct access to mobile and rural fixed platforms.

It is indeed an exciting time in satellite communications, as various systems are put forward in an area known as High Throughput Satellite (HTS) Systems. First talked about in the Geosynchronous Orbit, this term must now include a number of alternative orbit proposals, both MEO and LEO based. One thing these proposals have in common is they are harnessing a system of “big numbers” to justify the investment of much larger sums of money than have previously been seen for satellite ventures. Whether it be a large number of satellites, in a LEO constellation or a large powerful spacecraft with high throughput in a GEO orbit, the talk is of increasingly larger numbers.

This colloquium will look across a broad range of satellite based proposals and architectures to explore both competition and complementarity. The session will review specific applications for satellite access and how they might fit in an increasing LTE and ultimately 5G world. Having identified these applications, the session will then look at the variety of proposals and the issues surrounding those proposals including Orbits, Spectrum Availability and Use, Potential Interference, both between systems and with terrestrial wireless, and the real challenge of big numbers including initial deployments, constant replacement and replenishment, orbit congestion and debris removal and the viability of competing business models in common markets.

Panelists will be invited from traditional satellite operators, entrepreneurial entrants, Ground and Space Manufacturers, Institutional funding supporters and Regulators. The Colloquium will leave no stone unturned on the issue of “big numbers”.

09:00 - 09:10
Colloquium Opening
Co-Chairs: Hector Fenech, Eutelsat, France and Nader Alagha, ESA, The Netherlands

09:10 - 10:30
Session 1: What is a HTS system?
Co-Chairs: Hector Fenech, Eutelsat, France and Nader Alagha, ESA, The Netherlands

09:10 - What pushed us into HTS Systems?
Herctor Fenech, Eutelsat, France
09:30 - What is the current status of HTS?
Marc Agnew, ViaSat, USA
09:50 - What are the challenges?
Glyn Thomas, Airbus, United Kingdom
10:10 - Q&A

10:30 - 11:00
Cofee Break

11:00 - 12:40
Session 2: GEO? LEO? 5G?
Co-Chairs: Hector Fenech, Eutelsat, France and Nader Alagha, ESA, The Netherlands

11:00 - Why a GEO HTS System?
Peter Garland, MDA Corp., Canada
11:20 - Why are LEO Constellations Appearing Now?
Tony Azzarelli, OneWeb, United Kingdom
11:40 - Can 5G Enhance the Satellite Offer?
Ana Perez-Neira, Universitat Politenica de Catalunya, Spain
12:00 - How Can Space and Terrestrial Network Complement Each Other?
Alex Holvoet, LeoSat, The Netherlands
12:20 - Q&A

12:40 - 13:40
Lunch Break

13:40 - 15:20
Session 3: Satellite System Architectures
Co-Chairs: Hector Fenech, Eutelsat, France and Nader Alagha, ESA, The Netherlands

13:40 - What are the Current HTS Architectures? (GEO)
Sonia Amos, Eutelsat, France
14:00 - What are the current HTS architectures? (LEO)
Didier Le Boulch, Thales Alenia Space, France
14:20 - What are the tendencies in the networks?
Joel Grotz, SES, Luxembourg
14:40 - What are the tendencies for the terminals?
Thierry Abraham, Satixfy, Israel
15:00 - Q&A

15:20 – 15:50
Coffee Break

15:50 – 17:30

Session 4: Is There Space for Everybody? Commercial? Spectrum?
Co-Chairs: Hector Fenech, Eutelsat, France and Nader Alagha, ESA, The Netherlands

15:50 - Can the spectrum be shared between the systems?
Wladimir Bocquet, Eutelsat, France
16:10 - Can so many systems work together, technically?
Damien Roques, ESA/ECSAT, United Kingdom
16:30 - What are the difference in the business cases for GEO and LEO?
Rajeev Gopal, Hughes Network Systems, USA
16:50 - What are the benefits for the end users?
James Hinds, Airbus, United Kingdom
17:10 - Q&A

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Colloquium Fee includes
   (not included in the Conference Registration Fee)
  • Access to the Colloquium session,
  • Printed copy of the presentations as provided by the Speakers,
  • Coffee breaks,
  • Lunch.

on or before
September 6, 2017

USD 200.00

September 6, 2017

USD 250.00

The Colloquium will take place on Monday, October 16, 2017.
It is possible to attend the Colloquium without attending the Joint Conference.

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