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October 4th, 2017

GVF Presents ... VSAT Congress' Executives Will Offer Their Expertise in Washington D.C.

A gathering of providers of broadband satellite communications, from VSAT service providers to terminal manufacturers and satellite operators will be offering their expertise at the first annual VSAT Congress on  November 14-15, 2017 in Washington, D.C., where the stage has been set for hard-hitting discussions concerning the industry’s future.

Susan Bull, COMSYS Senior Analyst and a Co-Founder of the Global VSAT Forum (GVF) said that the changes impacting today’s VSAT business are extraordinary.

She continued that the industry is facing fundamental transformation in nearly every regard:  The value chain, the technology, applications, financial metrics… take your pick. Understanding the implications of these changes – and the strategies that are being implemented to address them – requires insights from the highest levels of industry. The leaders now confirmed to speak at the ‘VSAT Congress’ will provide those insights.

David Hartshorn, Secretary General of the Global VSAT Forum said that today, the scope of disruption is surpassed only by the scale of opportunity, which is organizing the VSAT Congress with COMSYS. The best and brightest from each industry sector will be taking the stage, and we are honored to host such an outstanding line-up of leaders to help bring the future into sharper focus. 

Those who have been confirmed to speak at the VSAT Congress, include:

  • Pradman Kaul, CEO, Hughes
  • Mark Dankberg, CEO, ViaSat
  • Steve Good, Senior VP, Satellite Operators & Mobility, Comtech EF Data
  • Andy Lucas, Senior VP, Premium Enterprise, Comtech EF Data
  • Kevin Steen, CEO, iDirect
  • Erwin Hudson, VP of Telesat Low Earth Orbit (LEO), Telesat
  • Walt Anderson, CEO, Avealto
  • Steve Collar, CEO, SES Networks
  • Mark Brady, Founder, Clarke Belt 2.0 
  • Gil Shacham, VP Marketing & Product, SatixFy
  • Thomas Van den Driessche, CEO, Newtec
  • Vagan Shakhgildian, President & CEO, UHP Networks
  • Richard Hadsall, VP Global Network Operations, Kymeta
  • Sampath Ramaswami, Senior Director, Strategy & Marketing, Hughes
  • David Howgill, President, Huckworthy
  • Jason Juranek, CEO, Globecomm
  • Tsachi Dahan, CEO, Baylink ABG Communications
  • Bertrand Hartman, CEO, OmniAccess
  • Daniel Levi, Executive Director, Sagenet
  • George Knizewski, CEO, Knight Sky
  • PJ Beylier, CEO, SpeedCast
  • Guido Neumann, CEO, CETel
  • Mauricio Segovia, CEO, Axesat
  • Garrett Hill, CEO, X2nSat
  • Alan Afrasiab, CEO, Talia


For more information and to view the 2017 conference program, visit the VSAT Congress website:    

COMSYS, based in the UK, is a specialized telecommunications consultancy company with a core expertise in satellite and VSAT technology. COMSYS produces a wide range of reports and custom advice in addition to developing conferences, workshops, and seminars around the world. The company has tracked the VSAT market since its inception and produced The VSAT Report for 30 years.  

The Global VSAT Forum (GVF) is the global association of the satellite industry.  Founded in 1997, it brings together organizations 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-profit organization with member companies from every region of the world.  The organization represents 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.