London ‘AeroConnect’ & ‘HTS Roundtable’ to Further Expand Dialogue on Satcoms Global Growth

GVF-C21 Programmes Bring Debate to Heathrow & The City

LONDON – The GVF-C21 Partnership has announced details of the speaker line-up to feature in the 29th October return of its ‘AeroConnect – The Inflight Online Revolution at 35,000 feet’ conference.

This London programme, now a regular feature of the GVF-C21 Partnership portfolio, and taking place at Heathrow Airport’s Renaissance Hotel, will, in its 2019 iteration, cover four principal topic threads: [Panel Session 1] In Orbit… Inflight… In the Cabin: The Technologies; [Panel Session 2] Airlines & Customers: Aeronautical Applications, Technology Platforms & Passenger Services; [Panel Session 3] User Expectations, Provider Capabilities: Business Models in the Cruise; and, [Panel Session 4] The Expectations & Capabilities Matrix.

The London programme is set against a backdrop of significant continuing expansion in the aero connectivity market, as anticipated by industry analysts. According to Euroconsult, the number of connected aircraft in 2017 stood at just 4,772; a figure forecast to rise by 2027 to 27,919. Over this decade aero connectivity demand for bandwidth will increase 20-fold (from 9GHz to 181GHz) and provider revenues will increase 8-fold (from US$317million to US$2.5billion).

As at the above date, the conference is populated with the following individual speakers and topics, beginning with an opening backdrop presentation from GVF’s Vice President for International Programme Development, Martin Jarrold. Throughout the programme’s four panel sessions, in which speakers will provide opening comments on their chosen specific themes, the emphasis will be on maximizing the level of moderated interactive debate with the audience.

Session 1 will feature: Mario L. Incerti, Head of Aeronautical Services, Aircraft Operations, Safety & Cabin Communications, Marlink, asking How to Understand the Mind of the Airline… the Real Power in Where to Spend; Andrew Faiola, Head of Mobility Systems, Newtec, examining The Flight Path to IFC Success; George Nicola, Director Product Management Aviation, OneWeb, focusing on Bringing IFC up to Speed; and, Andy Lucas, Senior Vice President, Satellite Operations and Mobility, Comtech EF Data, investigating The Next Generation of Enabling Solutions for the Next Generation of Aero Market Expectations.

In the next session, the opening theme of Taking the Operator Shackles off Aero-Satcoms will be explored by Mark Lambert, Vice President, Business Development, Kratos; Ali Younis, Head of Business Development & Product Marketing, Astranis, will then discuss Priority is the Most Powerful Type of Flexibility: What a Small GEO can do! Presenting on Dual Band Airborne Antennas for Worldwide Operations, Javier Santos, Business Development Engineer, Inster, will be followed by Gareth Hartwell, Director Consulting Services, CGI, on the topic of Securing Cockpit & Cabin Communications End-to-End.

Following the networking lunch break, Sebastien Couvet, EMEA Sales Manager, Integrasys, will explore Automation, Simplicity and a Better Proposition to Airlines; and, Hans Karlsen, CEO, FRAeS, CEng, MBA, Karlsen Associates, will present his analysis of Drivers & Inhibitors of Market Growth… Creating Sustainable Business Models. Back to the Future: Mechanical Antennas and Getting Over the Hump is the topic to be investigated by Chris Schram, Senior Director for Marketing & Strategy, Orbit Communications, and the final presentation for the session will feature Martin Coleman, Executive Director, Satcoms Innovation Group, discussing The Cloud, Data Centres & the Role of the Teleport.

The final session begins with the question, from Martyn Curwen Bryant, Commercial Director, Razor Secure, How Secure is Your Cabin Connectivity? Two speakers from Access Partnership, Ilaria Bencivenga, Policy Analyst, and Andrew Sikorski, Policy Analyst, will then, respectively, address the issues of Insights into Regulatory Trends for IFC Providers and Supporting IFC Growth through Policy.

The GVF-C21 Partnership continues its event portfolio later in the year, on 2nd December, again in London, at ETC Venues in the City near to St Paul’s Cathedral, with the return of the ‘HTS Roundtable: GEOs, MEOs, LEOs – Enabling a Brave New World’. This other regular feature on the conference calendar continues the exploration of market implications of the evolution of HTS. From traditional GEO spacecraft through to very high throughput satellites (VHTS), with GEO spacecraft throughput up to 1,000Gbps, or 1Tbps, and with next generation MEO and LEO mega-constellations also in the mix. This is, according to Euroconsult, substantially re-shaping the space segment costs market, with a clear pattern of significant decline in CAPEX per Gbps.

For all details regarding registration for ‘AeroConnect 2019’ and the ‘HTS Roundtable 2019’, please go directly to the registration pages at: Aeroconnect.2019.Registration and HTS.Roundtable.2019.Registration. Alternatively, Paul Stahl at Century 21 Communications – – and Martin Jarrold at GVF –  – can be contacted for further information.


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 in 2004, as Event Management Partners (EMP), to develop and manage a niche portfolio of highly specialized conferences and roundtable meetings which analyse critical subject areas being given only cursory attention in broader coverage programmes, for the purpose of providing more detailed analysis. Much of the focus was, and still is, on cutting edge communications solutions, applied to the requirements of major corporate and government end-users. Contact

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