Workshop overview:

This half-day workshop will bring together expertise from the satellite and satellite-hybrid communications industry membership of the Global VSAT Forum. The workshop will be appropriate for contractors to the military in the traditional mainstream of communications solution supply, or for members of the wider broadband communications solutions environment. The workshop will explore the complexities of the range of combined activities of military forces and civilian agencies, and will explain how the respective satellite broadband networking requirements of each of these types of collaborator affect and inter-relate with the communications demands of the other.

Benefits of attending:

As networking practices increasingly involve collaboration of military infrastructures and capabilities with civilian agencies engaged in non-conflict-related deployments, this workshop will allow you to fully appreciate the implications to established military communications. Civilian agencies are increasingly reliant upon the resources of the military to provide logistical and manpower support to their in-the-field activities. They are therefore confronted with new dynamics in achieving maximum leverage off of the necessary tactical integration of their respective communications platforms.
Outline agenda:
Focus 1: The Military & Non-Military Agency Communications Environment

Focus 2: Defence Contractors and Inter-Agency Space: Building Robust Communications Systems for NGOs in the Field

Focus 3: Combining Inter-Agency Satellite Communications Platforms: Case Studies in Emergency Response, Emergency Management, and Humanitarian Development Programmes

About your workshop leader:

Stéphan Chenard, Senior Associate Consultant, Global VSAT Forum


Stéphan Chenard is currently a senior associate consultant, particularly in charge of the due diligence assessments Euroconsult performs on satellite projects for or in relation with the financial community. Until 2002, he also served as editor and principal author of Euroconsult's World Space Market Survey multi-client report series (annual), for which he developed a large part of the forecasting methodology. Stéphan continues to perform in-depth research on all satellite communication markets, with special emphasis on Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Stéphane has performed numerous consulting assignments to assess future satellite application markets, investment risks and business plans for clients including:

  • Satellite manufacturers (Thales Alenia Space, EADS Astrium, Lockheed Martin Corp., Loral or their predecessors);
  • Satellite operators (Yahsat, Vinasat, Thuraya, Intelsat, SES New Skies, NahuelSat S.A., Measat Satellite Systems, Iridium, O3b Networks, Asia Broadcasting Satellite, Avanti Communications, Nilesat, Asiasat, APT Satellite and others);
  • Satellite service providers and pay-television operators (Astro All Asia Networks, Horizon Satellite Services, and others);
  • Financial institutions (HSBC, UBS Securities, Apax Partners, Permira, ABN AMRO, Standard Chartered Bank, Crédit Lyonnais, Société Générale, BNP Paribas, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the World Bank and others);
  • Government bodies (Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales, the European Space Agency, the French ministry of Industry and the Science and Technology Agency of Japan)

About GVF:

Founded in 1997, GVF is the single and unified voice of the global satellite industry. It brings together organisations engaged in the delivery of advanced broadband and narrowband satellite services to consumers, and commercial and government enterprises worldwide. Headquartered in London, GVF is an independent, non-partisan and non-profit organisation with 230+ members from more than 85 countries. The broad-based membership represents every major world region and 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, consultants, law firms, and users. Contact martin.jarrold@gvf.org in the UK headquarters office, or in the US regional office please contact david.harshorn@gvf.org or kristen.kloster@gvf.org


Workshop programme

12:30 Registration and Start of Workshop

13:00 The Military & Non-Military Agency Communications Environment

13:45 Question and Answer Session

14:00 Defence Contractors and Inter-Agency Space: Building Robust Communications Systems for NGOs in the Field

14:45 Question and Answer Session

15:00 Coffee Break

15:30 Combining Inter-Agency Satellite Communications Platforms: Case Studies in Emergency Response, Emergency Management, and Humanitarian Development Programmes

16:15 Question and Answer Session and Round Table Discussion

17:00 Closing Remarks and Close of Workshop


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