GVF Press Release





COMSYS & Global VSAT Forum Announce Top Players Who Will Reveal Global Satellite Communications Success Strategies   



Thursday, 28 Sept. 2017


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The world’s leading providers of broadband satellite communications – from VSAT service providers to terminal manufacturers and satellite operators – have been confirmed to speak at the first annual VSAT Congress on 14-15 Nov. 2017 in Washington, D.C., where the stage has been set for hard-hitting discussions concerning the industry’s future.


“The changes impacting today’s VSAT business are extraordinary,” said Susan Bull, COMSYS Senior Analyst and a Co-Founder of the Global VSAT Forum (GVF). “The industry is facing fundamental transformation in nearly every regard:  The value chain, the technology, applications, financial metrics… take your pick. Understanding the implications of these changes – and the strategies that are being implemented to address them – requires insights from the highest levels of industry. The leaders now confirmed to speak at the ‘VSAT Congress’ will provide those insights.”


“Today, the scope of disruption is surpassed only by the scale of opportunity,” said David Hartshorn, Secretary General of the Global VSAT Forum, which is organizing the VSAT Congress with COMSYS. “The best and brightest from each industry sector will be taking the stage, and we are honoured to host such an outstanding line-up of leaders to help bring the future into sharper focus.”  


Those who have been confirmed to speak at the VSAT Congress, include:


Pradman Kaul, PresidentHughes

Mark Dankberg, CEO, ViaSat

Steve Good, Senior VP, Satellite Operators & Mobility, Comtech EF Data

Andy Lucas, Senior VP, Premium Enterprise, Comtech EF Data

Kevin SteenCEO, iDirect

Erwin Hudson, VP of Telesat Low Earth Orbit (LEO), Telesat

Walt Anderson, CEO, Avealto

Steve Collar, CEO, SES Networks

Mark Brady, Founder, Clarke Belt 2.0 

Gil ShachamVP Marketing & ProductSatixFy

Thomas Van den Driessche, CEO, Newtec

Vagan Shakhgildian, President & CEO, UHP Networks

Richard HadsallVP Global Network OperationsKymeta

Sampath RamaswamiSenior Director, Strategy & MarketingHughes

David Howgill, President, Huckworthy

Jason Juranek, CEO, Globecomm

Tsachi Dahan, CEO, Baylink ABG Communications

Bertrand Hartman, CEO, OmniAccess

Daniel Levi, Executive Director, Sagenet

George Knizewski, CEO, Knight Sky

PJ Beylier, CEO, SpeedCast

Guido Neumann, CEO, CETel

Mauricio Segovia, CEO, Axesat

Garrett Hill, CEO, X2nSat

Alan Afrasiab, CEO, Talia


For more information and to view the 2017 conference program, visit the VSAT Congress website:  www.vsatcongress.com

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