NATSATTEL 2021: Future trends of the satcom industry
The participants of NATSATTEL 2021 online conference had plenty of topics on their agenda: transformation of satellite communications industry, convergence with 5G, LEO broadband constellations, software-defined space and ground segments, new challenges and new urgent tasks, sustainability, space debris issues, broadening digital inclusion, and much more.
The event was organized by the Intersputnik International Organization of Space Communications, as an integral part of Organization’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Conference had more than 130 online attendees from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Central, South and Southeast Asia.
In his welcoming address, the conference moderator, Andrey Kirillovich, Director of Strategy, Marketing and Business Development, Intersputnik, emphasized that the purpose of the conference is to identify and discuss the main trends in the development of the industry for the next decade.
This task is of vital importance for Intersputnik, since the Organization positions itself as an international player that consolidates commercial companies, government institutions, and public organizations to join and coordinate their efforts. The general goal is the deployment of unified ecosystem that accomplishes commercial, social and humanitarian projects.
While opening the conference, Andrei Kirillovich also stressed that the UN Secretary General recently cited bridging the digital divide as one of the crucial tasks for civilization. Among other things, Intersputnik sees its mission in minimizing this digital inclusion gap, as evidenced by the consistent implementation of relevant projects, as well as by joining the Development Sector of the International Telecommunication Union and assisting national telecom authorities in deploying their own satellite networks.
Members and Signatories of Intersputnik operate more than thirty GEO satellites scattered along an orbital arc from 14W up to 183E. This combined orbital constellation provides an enviable resource for attaining the Organization’s most ambitious objectives.
In the years to come, Intersputnik intends to pursue the following avenues:
Promoting the peaceful exploration and use of outer space;
Contributing to the accomplishment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, such as fighting the climate change and bridging the digital divide;
Developing services and applications for end users, which would employ both the satellite resource and terrestrial infrastructure of the Organization’s Member States and Signatories;
Joint communication and broadcasting satellites’ projects, which implies the shared use of the orbit and frequency resource in the interests of multiple Member Countries and Signatories of Intersputnik;
Creation of a multifunctional platform (marketplace) of combined services and applications in the field of satellite communications and broadcasting based on a distributed worldwide network of teleports, terrestrial infrastructure and multi-orbital solutions;
Migration towards a global virtual network operator business model in the framework of a unified virtualized hybrid network delivering cloud services and applications.