GVF & EMP (C21) are delighted to announce the signing of a new partnership arrangement taking their collaborative endeavours forward for a further 15 years… and beyond.

The Partnership will continue to organise roundtable-style conference programmes aimed at stimulating frank and unharnessed exchanges of views, focusing on key developments and objectives as they affect the satellite and related-technology industries in this exciting and critical period.

Furthermore, the Partnership is committed to continuing its study of key growth areas including (but not limited to) the full spectrum of mobility-centred opportunity, encompassing 5G and IoT evolution, as well as consumer broadband delivery via-satellite.  The strategy of linking with other key industry events will, wherever possible, be sustained.  David Meltzer, Secretary General of GVF, commented “In addition new and highly topical programmes will be introduced into the Partnership portfolio.  For example, ‘Satellite and the Cloud’, a new programme of broad interest to everyone in the communications ecosystem, which will take place in London during the week beginning 10th February 2020.”

The Partnership will be expanding its collaborative arrangements with key industry bodies. Paul Stahl, Executive Director of EMP (C21), noted “This is exemplified in the Partnership’s relationship with the Institute of Engineering and Technology. We have entered into an agreement with the IET to support each other’s events, broadening the collective subject base available to GVF members and other satellite-related industry professionals.”

In emphasis of this fresh approach to the Partnership relationship, EMP (Event Management Partners) will be re-branding as C21 (Century 21 Communications) and the Partnership will henceforth be known as the GVF / C21 Partnership.


GVF is the only global non-profit association of the satellite industry.  Founded in 1997 and headquartered in London, it brings together organizations from around the world representing the satellite ecosystem that are engaged in the development and delivery of satellite technologies and services for consumers, commercial and government organizations worldwide.  GVF’s aim is to facilitate expanded access to satellite-based connectivity solutions globally, which is achieved through regulatory, policy and spectrum advocacy; training and certification; product quality assurance; and collaboration with user groups and other satellite stakeholders.

C21 (Century 21 Communications) was launched as EMP in 2004 to develop and manage a niche portfolio of highly specialized conferences analysing the mission-critical communications needs of major corporate and government end-users, particularly in remote locations where connectivity is a major challenge. C21 events are focused on rapidly developing as well as developed regional markets. C21 works very closely with key industry and government bodies as well as commercial entities with shared interests, to ensure that all events are stakeholder driven, and that critical industry objectives are analysed in depth and from a variety of perspectives. Contact paul.stahl@uk-emp.co.uk.

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