Satellite Industry Forum
18 November 2021

At the Satellite Industry Forum which was held on 18 November from 9.30am – 3pm SGT, our thought leaders cut through the clutter and delivered a stand on what will shape the future of the commercial space and the satellite industry.

Headlining the Satellite Industry Forum 2021:

  • The Asian Operators’ Growth Strategies
  • Space Business in India – No Longer just Pie in the Sky
  • Countries in Focus: Thailand and Indonesia
  • NGSO: The New World Order?
  • The Future of Flexible Satellites
  • New Trends, New Ideas Beyond the Digital Frontier


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18 November 2021


Andrew Jordan, Director, Konnect Asia


Louis Boswell, CEO, AVIA


This opening presentation will look at what trends the industry will see play out the coming year, and what the key drivers of growth will be for operators and customers alike.

Caleb Henry, Senior Analyst, Quilty Analytics


In this opening keynote session, we will hear from Stephen Spengler, CEO of Intelsat who will offer a global perspective of the satellite industry, its impact on the Asian markets, what will drive or inhibit growth in demand for the industry in the coming decade, and how is satellite becoming more attractive to the media industry.

Stephen Spengler, CEO, Intelsat

With Louis Boswell, CEO, AVIA


The global space economy is poised to grow over a trillion dollars in the next two decades. With the space sector reforms, the Indian private space industry is slated to contribute to the core elements of the global space economy. In this keynote session, we will look at how India could potentially be the next space hub in the world. How will India benefit from having access to private sector satellites, in particular OneWeb, and how can satellite become a bigger part of the overall communications ecosystem?

Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder & Chairman, Bharti Enterprises and Executive Chairman, OneWeb

With Louis Boswell, CEO, AVIA


Asia Pacific presents huge opportunities for satellite. It is home to vast country populations and widespread geographies where there is still a lack of terrestrial infrastructure, especially for remote, underserved communities. However, satellite operators are still assessing the pandemic’s impact on the market as they plan for the road ahead This session will discuss critical issues facing the operator business, what their growth strategies are for the short, mid-and long term, and how are they prepping for the LEO invasion.


Roger Tong, CEO, AsiaSat

Christophe Cazes, Regional VP Asia-Pacific, Eutelsat Group, CEO, Eutelsat Asia

Yau Chyong Lim, COO, MEASAT

Nick Leake, Head of Satellite and Space Systems, Optus

Terry Yamashita, Group President, Global Business Group, SKY Perfect JSAT

With Peter Jackson, CEO, PJ Square


The space industry has captured the world’s attention in a way not seen since the moon landings. The booming business environment in Thailand is witnessing new launch providers, satellite companies and VAS providers entering the industry. Can local operators be successful in view of strong competition from larger operators? Is cooperation a better solution to drive satellite connectivity across Thailand as well as develop critical know-how for local companies?


Payu Wayakham, Senior Overseas Manager, mu Space

Kevin Seow, VP, Corporate Development Asia, SES

Andy Witts, Business Advisor, SSC Space Thailand

With Jose Del Rosario, Consultant, NSR


Indonesia is making huge strides to improve the country’s digital infrastructure and realize its true potential for its young populace in an increasingly competitive digital economy. With 17,000 islands making Indonesia the largest archipelago in the world, connecting the country’s 6,000 inhabited islands via terrestrial network infrastructure would not only come at a huge economic cost, but might even be a logistical impossibility. This session will explore how satellite is bridging the digital divide and what are the challenges faced to meet this demand.


Yuichiro Yoi, Unit Head for Indonesia, Private Sector Operations Department, Asian Development Bank

Edi Sugianto, Chief Commercial Officer, DTP

Vaibhav Magow, Associate VP, International Division, Hughes Network Systems

Adi R. Adiwoso, President & CEO, PSN

With John Medeiros, Senior Consultant and Coordinator, Asia Satellite Coalition


In this exciting panel, we will hear from some of the industry disruptors who will discuss the future landscape in light of recent announcements. How will the demand for satellite capacity change? How will LEO satellites fit alongside GEO and even MEO satellites, and how is each organization planning to shake up the LEO world?


Harsh VermaVice President, Asia for Fixed Data, SES Networks

Erwin Hudson, VP, Telesat Lightspeed System Development, Telesat

Tim Farrar, President, TMF Associates      

With Karl Baker, President and Founder, Summit Space Corporation


Flexible satellites have been around for some time, but the rate and scale of flexibility has increased exponentially over the last few years. It is believed that the satellite industry’s growth will be fuelled by software that is flexible and configurable. We explore how these satellites will support future mobility applications, enhanced capacity flexibility, and how it will change the offerings for video services. We will also take a look at how huge the cost advantage is, and the opportunities and new considerations for security, interoperability and investment.


Timothy Southard, Vice President, Networks, Anuvu

Christophe Bauer, Director of Sales, Astranis

Ken Takagi, Innovation Strategy Director, Intelsat

Hampton Chan, VP, Mission Engineering, Maxar Technologies

With David Meltzer, Secretary General, GVF


The combination of emerging technologies, new operating models, and other innovative concepts can accelerate the diffusion of space technologies across multiple economies and sectors.  What were viewed just a few years ago as unfeasible ideas or mere pipe dreams are now developing into real world projects.   We will identify what are some of the new trends, new innovations and emerging technologies that will reshape one’s organization and impact businesses in the long run.


Glen Tindall, CEO, Communication Systems, Electro Optic Systems (EOS)

David Ball, Regional Director, Australia and New Zealand, Lockheed Martin Space

Tina Ghataore, President, Mynaric USA

With Rachel Jewett, Managing Editor, Via Satellite


Andrew Jordan, Director, Konnect Asia