APSCC 2019 Conference Program

19-21 November 2019

InterContinental Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand


November 19

09:00 – 09:10 Welcome Address
09:10 – 09:30 Keynote Address
09:30 – 10:50 Satellite Operators:
A Business in Transition
10:50 – 11:10 Morning Refreshments
11:10 – 11:40 Broadcast
11:40 – 12:10 1-on-1 Interview
12:10 – 12:30 Featured Speaker
12:30 – 14:00 Welcome Luncheon
14:00 – 14:45 Mobility:
In-Flight Connectivity
14:45 – 15:30 Mobility: The Maritime
SatCom Market
15:30 – 15:50 Refreshments
15:50 – 16:20 Featured Speaker
16:20 – 17:20 Satellite Manufacturers:
Preparing for Tomorrow
in Today’s Struggle
17:20 – 18:20 HTS: The Battle of
for the Broadband
18:20 – 18:25 FTV Update
18:30 – 19:30 2019 APSCC
Awards Ceremony
19:30 – 20:30 APSCC 2019
Gala Dinner

November 20

09:00 – 09:30 Keynote Speech
09:30 – 10:00 China Focus
10:00 – 10:30 India Focus
10:30 – 11:00 Morning Refreshments
11:00 – 11:30 Thailand Focus
11:30 – 12:00 1-on-1 Interview
12:00 – 12:30 5G Will Transform the
Satellite Industry’s Fortunes
by 2025…
for Better or for Worse?
12:30 – 14:00 Networking Luncheon
14:00 – 15:00 Constellations:
Real Revenues Streams
or a Field of Dreams?
15:00 – 16:00 Commercial Launch:
No Problems in Supply.
And Demand?
16:00 – 16:30 Refreshments
16:30 – 17:00 NewSpace: VC Incubators
17:00 – 18:00 NewSpace: Startups in Asia
18:30 – 20:00 APSCC 2019
Networking Reception

November 21

09:00 – 09:30 Keynote Speech
09:30 – 10:00 Ground Equipments
10:00 – 10:30 IOT: How Will Satellites Fit
into These New Networks?
10:30 – 11:00 Morning Refreshments
11:00 – 12:00 New Services Using
Comsat Architectures
and Products
12:00 – 12:30 Blockchain &
Quantum Encryption
12:30 – 14:00 Networking Luncheon
14:00 – 14:15 Featured Speaker
14:15 – 15:15 Risk Management:
Seeking Shelter from
Increased Activity?
15:15 – 16:00 Closing Panel:
APSCC Conference Recap
16:00 – 16:30 Refreshments
16:30 – 18:00 New Space
Pitch Competition
18:00 – 19:00 2019 Young Talent
19:00 – 20:00 APSCC 2019
Closing Reception

This program is subject to change without any prior notice.


Welcome Address: Gregg Daffner, President, APSCC


Keynote Address: Takorn Tantasith, Secretary-General of the Office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission


Satellite Operators: A Business in Transition
As the pace of transformation in the satellite industry gathers momentum, satellite operators are left to wonder: how can growth be sustained in such a turbulent time? GEO operators all see the horizon where more HTS satellites and LEOs enter, and ever more capacity means lower ARPUs and more competition. And with video growth uneven at best, can data & mobility plays fill the gap created by oversupply and low priced capacity? One trend is clear: satellite operators must evolve their business from the legacy leasing model to a more dynamic strategy built on services and applications. Can satellite operators in Asia make this transition and secure the next wave of telecom-centric growth? This opening session will explore these critical questions and prognosticate on the future of the operator business.

Moderator: Christopher Baugh, President, NSR



Morning Refreshments sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric


Satellite Broadcast
It might very well be a new Golden Age of Television, but despite all the shininess, broadcasters are still struggling to figure out how the new rules of the game work – for that matter, how to get into the new game! While pure-play online services are proliferating, traditional cable and DTH broadcasters are still struggling to come up with workable business and technology models for their own OTT services. In the meantime, consumers increasingly want to watch what they want, when they want to watch it, on the device they want to watch. What is the role for satellite operators in this brave new world?

Moderator: Christopher Slaughter, Strategic Advisor, APSCC


  • Georg Gernez, Manager, Corporate Development Asia, SES
  • Marc Bruce, Managing Director, APAC, Encompass Digital Media
  • Amornphat Chomrat, Managing Director, Next Step

1 on 1 Interview: Vorasit Lee, CEO, VLee Consulting
Host: Louis Boswell, CEO, Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA)


Featured Speaker: The Role of Satellite in the Humanitarian Sector
David Hartshorn, CEO, Geeks Without Frontiers


Welcome Luncheon sponsored by Airbus


Mobility: In-Flight Connectivity
The IFC market is just scratching the surface in terms of market potential when measured against the number of aircraft currently installed and the large number that still needs to be outfitted globally. Increasing in-cabin penetration is another metric by which the market can be considered in its infancy. As such, service providers have placed bets on space & terminal technologies as well as capacity purchases. Yet, proving the business case and profitability in this sector has proven to be elusive. Commercial airlines continue to be reluctant and have questioned the potential profitability of the service given large CAPEX expenditures to be incurred. This session will discuss the prospects, nuances, risks and overall viability of IFC and the players competing in this field.

Moderator: Jose Del Rosario, Research Director, NSR


  • Alexis Girin, Vice President, Sales, Asia-Pacific, Gogo Inc
  • Lisa Kuo, Director, Connectivity Solutions & Technology Sales, Panasonic Avionics
  • Jags Burhm, SVP, Aero Global Mobility, Eutelsat

Mobility: The Maritime SatCom Market – Riding a Wave of Growth or Navigating through Rough Waters
There is no other solution that can address the maritime market other than satellite making vessels, energy platforms and other mission-critical assets a captive market. Premium pricing and services can thus be extracted by satellite operators and service providers in traditional high-value verticals such as military vessels, cruise ships and offshore oil platforms as well as generate volumes in Greenfield markets such as fishing vessels. However, trends in supply, competition and pricing have led to thinning margins and shorter term contracts. As new programs are launched including HTS and LEO constellations, what is or will be the new opportunities and new challenges that will characterize the market? How do players maintain or even improve growth in a quickly emerging competitive market dynamic?

Moderator: Stephane Chenard, Senior Associate Consultant, Euroconsult



Refreshments sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric


Featured Speaker: Commercial Space, Facts, Figures and Trend
Vivian Quenet, Managing Director & Head of Sales, ASEAN Office, Arianespace


Satellite Manufacturing
Environment surrounding satellite manufacturing business has been dramatically changing. Low price with flexible/digital payload is the mandatory challenge for them to achieve, and to achieve this goal, ways to design, build, test and operate satellites will have to be changed from the traditional ways. Ones who are not willing to take the challenge or not able to achieve low cost may be destined to disappear from the market. In the meantime, walls between GEO and LEO satellite productions are getting lower, if not disappearing. What will be a landscape of satellite manufacturing business in mid 2020’s? And what are keys to survive? Can they expect another growth? Satellite manufacturers will discuss these points.

Moderator: Eddie Kato, Founder & President, HISe, Inc.


  • Stephane Vesval, VP, Commercial and Export Sales Space Systems, Airbus
  • Olivier Guilbert, Sales Director, South East Asia, Thales Alenia Space
  • Richard Pang, Executive Director, Southeast Asia, Marketing & Sales, MAXAR
  • Minoru Ueda, General Manager, Space Systems Department, Mitsubishi Electric Asia
  • Dmitry Latyshev, Head, Perspective Project Department, ISS-Reshetnev

HTS: The Battle of GEO HTS and NGSO for the Broadband Opportunity
The Asian HTS market is heating following the deployment of more HTS capacity, and with new announcements or confirmation for both GEO and NGSO programs. The session, gathering lead executives from the ecosystem, will focus on:

-the ability of the new systems to boost the development of satellite broadband connectivity services in Asia,
-the respective strengths of the different GEO and NGSO concepts under development,
-key challenges to overcome in the different countries and verticals,
-changes in the business models, from raw to managed capacity and end to end servicing

Moderator: Pacome Revillon, CEO, Euroconsult



FTV Update by Michel Adam, President and Owner of FashionTV


2019 APSCC Awards Ceremony


APSCC 2019 Gala Dinner sponsored by Arianespace


Keynote: Clay Mowry, VP, Sales, Marketing & Customer Experience, Blue Origin


China Focus
The Chinese space industry is in the rapid growth stage of commercialization domestically, with dozens – by some estimates, more than 100 – of new companies having been established over the past few years. These new companies are targeting many parts of the space industry, but investment has been concentrated into small-medium launch services, smallsats, earth observation, and the development of applications (应用 in Chinese). Increasingly, Chinese companies are looking abroad–particularly to Belt and Road regions such as Southeast Asia – for both investment opportunities and as end markets. This panel will showcase several of China’s most exciting New Space companies, and discuss the ways that the Chinese space industry is commercializing, both at home and abroad.

Moderator: Blaine Curcio, Senior Affiliate Consultant, Euroconsult



India Focus
With a mammoth election under its belt, India is now poised for a new wave of growth and development. Privatization of the Indian space industry is already listed in the “Blueprint 2.0” put forth by the newly elected party as one if its most important agendas for the forthcoming 5 year term. The creation of “NewSpace India Pvt. Ltd.” – a custodian of the Indian Space Research Organization’s intellectual property sets the tone for exciting times ahead for the space industry in India. This panel will showcase several of India’s most exciting New Space companies, and discuss the ways that the Indian space industry is evolving, and should continue to evolve, in the years to come.

Moderator: Shagun Sachdeva, Senior Analyst, NSR



Morning Refreshments sponsored Comtech EF Data


Thailand Focus
Thailand’s regulatory environment is changing and with it comes transformation of the country’s market dynamics. Both opportunities and threats will arise, impacting local, international, traditional and new/non-traditional satellite industry players. This session will explore the thrust of new regulations and what transformation hopes to bring to Thailand’s competitive landscape. More importantly, the impact of these new market conditions on key players that include Thaicom, the local incumbent as well as new players like muSpace that have entered the fray will be explored. Market openness, competition, capacity pricing, local risk taking, new applications that will be unleashed and the interplay of these elements will provide insights to Thailand’s satellite market of today and the shape the market will take in the next 10 years.

Moderator: Jose Del Rosario, Research Director, NSR



1 on 1 Interview: Peter Cowhey, Dean, School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California San Diego; Qualcomm Endowed Chair in Communications and Technology Policy
Host: David Hartshorn, CEO, Geeks Without Frontiers (GEEKS)


5G Will Transform the Satellite Industry’s Fortunes by 2025… for Better or for Worse?
By 2025, more than half of the world’s 5G connections – that’s 675 million, according to the GSM Association – will be established in Asia. SIM connections are projected to reach 4.8 billion throughout the greater Asia-Pacific market in the same timeframe. But fundamental questions remain unanswered regarding the satellite industry’s stake: Will the satellite sector be limited to providing backhaul for the “network of networks”? Or are there new use cases that will compel MNOs to leverage GEO and NGEO? Are the CAPEX / OPEX metrics for 5G cost prohibitive for rural connectivity? Or will 5G focus on cities for the next 10 years? Will wireless interests continue to pursue the spectrum that the satellite industry plans to use to support 5G rollouts? And what about 4G? Don’t miss this open-forum roundtable discussion where these and other burning questions will be answered.

Moderator: David Hartshorn, CEO, Geeks Without Frontiers


  • Woo Yeol Choi, Manager, KT SAT
  • Richard Swardh, SVP, MNO, Comtech EF Data
  • Prashant Gokarn, Co-Founder and COO, DigiAsia Bios
  • Peter Cowhey, Dean, School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California San Diego; Qualcomm Endowed Chair in Communications and Technology Policy

Networking Luncheon sponsored by KT SAT


Constellations: Real Revenue Streams or a Field of Dreams?
With OneWeb’s recent and SpaceX’s upcoming launch of their respective constellations, 2019 is expected to be a significant year to silence the skepticism around the realization of some of these plans, at least in the short term. Sustainability, however, is a long-term game and will depend greatly on maintaining a steady revenue stream. The launch of Iridium’s first-generation constellation and its subsequent demise underlined the challenges associated with the constellations’ business model. So, how have things changed? Do the proposed revenue streams exist or will this result in over supply of capacity? How will the revenue pie be split amongst the existing and upcoming player? This panel will discuss some tough questions on the long term sustainability of constellations.

Moderator: Shagun Sachdeva, Senior Analyst, NSR


  • Bala Balamurali, Regional Director, Asia, OneWeb
  • Meir Moalem, CEO and Managing Director, Sky and Space Global
  • Imran Malik, VP, Global Fixed Data, SES Networks

Commercial Launch – No Problems in Supply. And Demand?
The development of new launchers has never been more dynamic. On the heavy-lift side, all the main players are embarking on major upgrades to existing vehicles or replacing them with new-generation rockets. In the small-launch market, some 100 new vehicles have signaled at least initial development work. The demand side is more complicated. The larger vehicles face the continued slump in what used to be their principal market of launching geostationary-orbit telecommunications satellites. Many of the smaller vehicles are counting
on multiple smallsat constellations. But how many will be built is uncertain. Will government demand decide the winners?

Moderator: Peter de Selding, Editor, Space Intel Report



Refreshments sponsored Comtech EF Data


NewSpace: VC Incubators
Venture capitalism is driving new funding and new opportunities for growth in the space industry. It represents a crucial stage of potential financing for new entrepreneurs and has its own needs and requirements. This panel seeks to draw from global and regional leaders in venture capital to seek their views on the space industry and their investments in it and also their advice on how to guide entrepreneurs to successfully interact with this financing community.

Moderator: James Yenbamroong, Founder & CEO, mu Space Corp


  • Kiichiro DeLuca, Principal, Head, Research & Business Development, WERU Investment
  • Hamish Magoffin, Co-founder & Managing Partner, Break Off Capital

NewSpace: Startups in Asia
Innovative new space companies continue to thrive in the Asia Pacific region, as well as the rest of the world. The Asia Pacific-based startups on this panel will offer their perspective on the unique challenges and opportunities they face attracting business and investment.

Moderator: David Mitlyng, COO, SpeQtral Quantum Technologies, Inc.



APSCC 2019 Networking Reception sponsored by Thaicom


Keynote: Tim Ellis, CEO & Co-founder, Relativity Space


Ground Equipment: What Will LEO’s Use for Antennas
The proposed Non-Geostationary Satellite (NGSO) systems that are on the horizon will need ground antennas for backhaul plus both commercial and residential applications. The biggest challenge will be if these operators choose to compete in the Direct To Home Internet market, as they will need relatively cheap flat panel antennas. They may elect to use community antennas and Wi-Fi to the homes. This session will look at the antenna market for NGOS both from the satellite operator and the antenna manufacturers’ perspective.

Moderator: Peter Jackson, Director, PJ Square



IOT: How Will Satellites Fit into These New Networks
The number and type of new miniature sensors measuring everything from simple mass to chemical composition is growing exponentially. It is envisioned that in the not too distant future everything we buy will have some kind of sensing device embedded. The data capacity of 5G networks has been designed to transport this Internet of Things (IOT) information but what about the areas where 5G does not reach, can satellite meet this need? We will look at the opportunities IOT may provide for the satellite industry.

Moderator: Peter Jackson, Director, PJ Square


  • Mike Kenneally, Director, Telecommunications Strategy, Fleet Space Technologies
  • Aryono Aryono, Business Development Director, ST Engineering iDirect
  • Larry S. Dohrs, Vice President, Asia-Pacific, iRespond

Morning Refreshments sponsored by APT Satellite


New Services Using Comsat Architectures and Products
During the past couple of years, the APSCC annual conference pioneered to focus on discussing life extension services as a new and interesting service enterprise using existing space products and technologies, such as GEO comm. satellites and rendezvous & docking. This year, we have decided to expand the horizon to invite other new service offerings using GEO and LEO communications satellites and other space technologies. We are encouraged by those new services that could enlarge and widen the basis of the industry. There are wide varieties in this category. BIU and interim services, condosat arrangement, cyber security, IoT, etc. We will still address the status and updates on the life extension services.

Moderator: Eddie Kato, Founder & President, HISe, Inc.



Blockchain & Quantum Encryption
In an industry filled with buzzwords and catchphrases, Blockchain and Quantum Encryption are among the buzziest. Both are set to change the world – but how? Blockchain, at its heart, is a public transaction ledger, but what does that have to do with satellites? And likewise, if quantum encryption is going to become the new standard in digital cryptography, how is the satellite industry involved? This session will answer these and more questions, presenting an introduction to the concepts and how they will affect our industry future.

Moderator: Christopher Slaughter, Strategic Advisor, APSCC



Networking Luncheon sponsored by SKY Perfect JSAT


Featured Speaker: Outcome of WRC ’19 – Key Issues
Ali R. Ebadi, Advisor to Board of Directors, MEASAT


Risk Management: Seeking Shelter from Increased Activity?
The reality of multi-satellite payload launches this year and the move from vision to reality for constellation operators will test differing strategies and risk management tools to deal with the increasing threat of space debris to space operations. When combined with the proliferation of new-technology spacecraft and smallsat launchers emerging globally, available at significantly lower cost and faster build-to-launch cycles, are we facing a perfect storm of risk? Are established GEO operators finding a safe harbor above the massing storm clouds? The Risk Management panel will bring together constituents from leading space and satellite companies, advisors, risk managers and financiers to discuss the changing paradigm risk management in space.

Moderator: Jacqueline Chan, Partner, Milbank



Closing Panel: APSCC Conference Recap
After more than 20 panels and 100 + speakers over the past three days, our closing panel presents an opportunity to summarize the state of the industry, as seen at this year’s conference. A lot of ground has been covered on a wide range of topics, so we will reflect on the insights provided by various speakers in a fast-moving session that will attempt to be both light-hearted and respectful. See how your key takeaways compare with those of our panelists, and whether or not you agree with their conclusions!

Moderator: Gregg Daffner, President, APSCC; CEO, GAPSAT
Christopher Slaughter, Strategic Advisor, APSCC



Refreshments sponsored by APT Satellite


New Space Pitch Competition
APSCC presents the New Space Pitch Competition at APSCC 2019. This new event aims to encourage New Space startups in Asia to share their thoughts on developing and growing the New Space economy in region with established satellite operators, manufacturers, and investors. This year five New Space entrepreneurs are presenting, representing a wide range of diverse Asia-Pacific business ideas from across the Asia-Pacific region, including launch, satellite, ground, on-orbit refueling, and robotics. Attendees are invited to also VOTE for the winner of the competition during the competition presentations.

Competing companies:

  • ASAT
  • Delta Robotic
  • Equatorial Space Industries
  • Infinite Orbits
  • Terran Space Technologies

2019 Young Talent Awards


APSCC 2019 Closing Reception sponsored by Relativity