GVF Press Release





GVF Directors to Advance Strategic Initiatives to Promote the Commercial, Economic, Political and Technological Advantages Enabled by Satellite Industry



Tuesday, 9 January 2018


LONDON – The international satellite industry has confirmed executives to serve on the Global VSAT Forum (GVF) Board of Directors to lead the association as it continues to build greater awareness and use of the applications, services, and technological advantages provided by satellite-based solutions. 


The election results come as GVF reaches its 20th anniversary.  In 1997, leading members of the satellite communications industry launched the GVF, a non-profit, international association to represent the interests of the satellite industry and aid in the promotion of satellite technology and services.  Since then, GVF has become the unified voice of the global satellite communications industry with member organizations from every major region of the world.  The broad-based membership represents every sector of the satellite industry, including fixed and mobile satellite operators, satellite network operators, teleports, satellite earth station manufacturers, system integrators, value added and enhanced service providers, telecom carriers, and users.


Re-elected to the GVF Board, for a two-year term of office, is Nancy Eskenazi, Vice President, Legal & Regulatory Affairs, SES; and Simon Gray, Senior Vice President of Humanitarian Affairs, Eutelsat.  The re-elected Directors join five incumbent members, Yasir Hassan, Director of Transmission Operations, ARABSAT; Arunas Slekys, Vice President, Corporate Marketing, Hughes Network Systems; Paul Deedman, Director, Spectrum Regulation, Inmarsat; Nick Dowsett, Director, IntelsatOne Enterprise Solutions, Intelsat; and Keith Johnson, COO & EVP of Energy of Speedcast


"No one could have foreseen the extraordinary achievements that have been realized by the industry during the past 20 years,” said David Hartshorn, Secretary General of GVF. “While at GVF, I have seen great advances made through the collaboration of GVF’s members with the leadership of the GVF Board of Directors. We congratulate the re-elected Directors and look forward to working with the Board and global membership to continue this important endeavour.”


The Board election was held at GVF’s Annual General Assembly in London at the De Vere Canary Wharf on Tuesday, 5 December, in conjunction with the GVF High Throughput Satellite London Roundtable, during which all of which have been identified as priorities for the Board of Directors, were identified as follows:


  •  Promoting Quality Products:  As satellite communications grow more popular, the industry has seen tremendous growth in terminal manufacturing, with a proliferation in both the number of available products and new entrants to the market. GVF’s Quality Products Framework facilitates testing and type-approvals, and promotes best practices in design and production. With the focus on antenna performance and the impact of interference due to closely spaced satellites becoming a higher priority amongst satellite operators, the Satellite Operators’ Minimum Antenna Performance specification (SOMAP) has established a qualification framework for new antennas introduced to the market.  SOMAP will be implemented by the industry in September 2018. (www.gvf.org/approvals.html)
  • Improving Market Access & Regulatory Conditions: GVF has been working with governments to enable a more cost-effective operating environment, to ensure market access and facilitate accessibility to affordable satellite-based services.  Following the global governmental re-affirmation of the importance of satellite spectrum during the 2015 ITU World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) – and in preparation for WRC-19 – co-existence of the wireless and satellite industries has never been of greater importance. The GVF Regulatory Working Group is diligently working with governments to promote progressive reforms to insure affordable, easily accessible service, spectrum availability, and orbital resources for users worldwide. (www.gvf.org/regulatory.html)
  • Disaster Preparedness & Humanitarian Assistance: The satellite sector plays a critical part in enabling first-responder teams to provide support during natural disasters, providing immediate communication links to support the logistics, deployment and coordination of relief efforts.  GVF, alongside partners in the United Nations, NGOs, militaries and communications industries, is committed to ensure the ability to provide enhanced connectivity during emergencies. (https://gvf.org/index.php/solutions/disaster-preparedness.html)
  • Industry Advocacy & Outreach: GVF is elevating the industry profile through events, media and online platforms. GVF has increased the diversity of event platforms in the global industry calendar, building upon 20 years of the association’s programs, and providing visibility to member companies in the most lucrative vertical and geographic markets for fixed and mobile satellite broadcasting and broadband solutions. (www.gvf.org)
  • Skills & Capacity Building: Improvement in the skills and knowledge of technicians and operators is a strategic necessity for the industry and its customers.  With tremendous gains in the number of earth stations being installed each month, the need to train and certify technicians is increasing exponentially. GVF’s Certification programme has already enrolled nearly 15,000 trainees worldwide in more than 30 GVF courses. (https://gvf.org/index.php/training/training.html)
  • Cyber-Security Best Practices: To strengthen defences against growing cyber threats, GVF’s Cyber-Security Task Force has been making strides in advancing a ‘culture of security’, encouraging commitment within the satellite industry in providing secure connectivity to customers around the world.  GVF has spearheaded an industry-wide collaboration establishing security guidelines for the satellite communications sector. (https://gvf.org/index.php/solutions/cyber-security-task-force.html)
  • Improving Operational Effectiveness:  As the satellite industry has responded to unparalleled demands for mobility, high-throughput and other state-of-the-art satellite solutions, GVF has been driving member-led programmes to implement network validation, benchmarking and other interference prevention and mitigation initiatives designed to enhance signal quality and operational effectiveness. (www.gvf.org)


Companies involved in the provision of satellite communications systems and services are eligible to join GVF as Full Members or Associate Members to support these and other GVF programmes. There are two Membership categories: Full GVF Members are eligible to nominate, vote, and to become elected to the GVF Board of Directors; Associate Members are able to participate in all other GVF activities.

Member of the week
BHS Telecommunication

BHS Telecommunication provides satellite DTH Services, Space Segment, Terrestrial backbone and satellite communication ingrastructures for the Middle East and North Africa.  Currently BHS provides wide range of DTH services in Middle East, Europe, and USA over most hot spot satellite like Hotbird, Nilesat, Arabsat, Galaxy and Optus D2.  Turnaround service via different contribution satellite and Terrestrial links are also being offered to serve the growing demand for broadcast and services.

During last few years, BHS has expanded our range of services and satellite capacities, which includes several Transponders with wide range of gleets; our satellite services covers Australia, Asia, MENA Europe, Africa and USA through our facilities or partners.

Early in 2009 BHS has acquired system integration part of a private company and formed BHS Telecom Group with various offices in the Middle East.  As a Telecom and Broadcast group BHS has been providing full package of services and Hardware for TV channels and Telecom Operators since 2009.

Considering global increasing demand for OTT Services, BHS has rapidly expanded its service portfolio by adding various services on satellite, IP, Terrestrial and Mobile platforms and working as a complete solution and service provider as BHS Media Group.

Currently BHS transmits 75 TV and radio channels from East Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe and USA, covering hundreds of millions of views.

Calendar of events

  • Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology
  • Smallsat Symposium
Full Events list     |     2018 Strategic Calendar

GVF Full Members

  • Arabsat - Arab Satellite Communications Organisation
  • Eutelsat Communications
  • Gilat Satellite Networks, Ltd.
  • Hughes Network Systems LLC
  • General Dynamics Mission Systems
  • ViaSat, Inc.
  • SpeedCast
  • SES Networks
  • Yahsat
  • Talia Group
  • iDirect
  • Inmarsat
  • Newtec
  • Intelsat
  • OneWeb
  • MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn Bhd
  • Telesat
  • KBZ Gateway Company, Ltd.
  • Skycasters, LLC