SUMMIT Programme

Day 2 - Wednesday, 19 June 2019, Level 4


Chairman’s Welcome Address

Kevin French, Publisher, TalkSatellite



New Sats, New Space, New Paradigms: Where is Satcom Headed in Asia?

The satellite and space industries are experiencing what is believed to be a space renaissance. The "old" is being threatened by the "new" yet opportunities abound for all players in the developing ecosystem including traditional players with well-established business models. Technology, innovation and an entrepreneurial drive are leading to unique market offerings, a reduction of CAPEX requirements that have given rise to unbridled market entry, and funding….lots and lots of funding! This presentation will dive into the:

Interplay and co-existence of "new space" and "old space"

Role of "smallsats" and "bigsats"

Overall impact of the emerging landscape in Asia

Chris Baugh, President, Northen Sky Research (NSR)


The Future for Satellite Players – Is 5G Going to Accelerate Digital Transformation?

The roll-out of 5G mobile service has the potential to accelerate growth in the future of connectivity but inevitably operators are facing a pressing challenge of unlimited backhaul capacity requirements, concurrently needing to keep deployment costs manageable. This session will discuss how satellite carriers and providers bridge this last-mile digital divide, at the same time embracing a long-term transformative challenge in becoming more than just a mobile service provider that they are today. What do they need to do now to prepare themselves for the opportunities to come?


Patompob (Nile) Suwansiri, Chief Commercial Officer, Thaicom

Richard Swardh, Senior Vice President, MNO, Comtech EF Data

Jo De Loor, VP Market Development, Newtec

Abhay Kumar, Regional Vice President Asia & NA, Gilat Satellite Networks

Karl Horne, VP, Telco/MNO Data Solutions, SES Networks

Terry Bleakley, Regional Vice President, Asia-Pacific, Intelsat

Moderator: Jose Del Rosario, Research Director, Northern Sky Research (NSR)


What’s the Next Tipping for the SatCom Industry? How will AI and Big Data Disrupt This Space?

Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are two technologies that often go hand-in-hand. Advancements in technology have allowed us to program AI to analyze Big Data sets, deriving trends and insights imperceptible to mere humans. These two concepts will eventually extend to all areas of the economy, and satellite is no exception. Firstly the use of AI will contribute to an optimization of satellite networks and related capabilities. In parallel, the use of AI will create new sources of data and traffic, through the multiplication of smart assets requiring live data transmissions, and through the transfer of intelligence to the cloud and to the edge of communication networks. This panel will discuss the variety of ways that AI and Big Data will impact the satcom industry, and what the future may hold.


Joakim Espeland, CEO & Co-Founder, QuadSAT

Paul Isaac, Director of RF Products, Kratos

Alexander Jeuck, GM Corporate & Business Development, NatSAT

Minseok Cha, Satellite Operation Manager & New Tech Director, KTSAT

Moderator: Nathan de Ruiter, Managing Director, Euroconsult Canada


Networking Lunch and Exhibition Viewing

Catered exclusively for registered ConnecTechAsia Summit Attendees


Spectrum Fire-side Chat: Driving Meaningful Business Strategies and Outcome from WRC-19

The exponential growth in the upcoming 5G services roll-out, mobile broadband and data traffic, video consumption up to IoT applications, is causing much pressure to the limited spectrum resources available to support all these developments. How can the complex socio-economic needs in varying regions be met? Can spectrum sharing initiatives provide a meaningful solution soon enough? How should the issue of licensed versus unlicensed spectrum use be addressed? How are we preparing our business for the burst in demand of 5G-enabled services in the near future?


Tare Brisibe, Senior Legal & Regulatory Counsel, Asia-Pacific, SES

Seungyun Paik, Senior Vice President, KTSAT

Dave Wright, Director, Regulatory Affairs & Network Standards, Ruckus Networks

Ali Ebadi, VP Engineering & Operations, MEASAT Satellite Systems

Suwit Pruckwattananon, Chief Business Development Officer, muSpace Corp

Co-Moderators: Gregg Daffner, President, APSCC & Blaine Curcio, Senior Affiliate Consultant, Euroconsult


Future of Space Antennas for High Throughput Systems

Space communications is the key for the future of variety of civilian and defense applications. In order to hit the maximum limit for spectrum capacity some new type of disruptive antenna technology is required. In this talk Prof. Amit Mehta will present some of UK’s cutting-edge work on novel space adaptive antennas. These will include industry-research work outcomes from funders with likes of Airbus, European Space Agency and BAE / MBDA systems.

Prof. Amit Mehta, Professor, Swansea University UK



The Cyber Challenge – Critical Information Infrastructure Protection, Network Security and Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is an especially important topic for asset and risk owners throughout the critical infrastructure ecosystem. This panel discussion will focus on CIP topics from digital innovation to cost reduction, all while reducing risk throughout the enterprise. Other discussion points to include impact on the supply chain, cyber insurance and the industrial internet of things.


Ken Soh, CEO, Athena Dynamics

Guy M. Segal, General Manager, Custodio Technologies

Brian Fletcher, Director – Government Affairs APJ, Symantec

Jamie Gillespie, Information Security Specialist, APNIC

Natalie Black, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific, Department for International Trade UK

Aliza Knox, Managing Director of APAC, Cloudflare

Moderator: Wayne Dennis, Security Lead, Accenture


Afternoon Coffee and Networking Session

Catered exclusively for registered ConnecTechAsia Summit Attendees


Digging Deeper on Cybersecurity: Securing the Expanding Cloud Footprint

As enterprises rapidly adopt cloud computing, new security vulnerabilities emerge and need to be addressed. Often, enterprises have multiple point security solutions for different types of technology. But, the world of hybrid multi-cloud environments requires a more robust and integrated approach to cybersecurity. This presentation will discuss cybersecurity challenges created by cloud migration and focus on ways in which enterprises can secure their clouds.

Andrew Milroy, Head of Advisory Services, Asia Pacific, OVUM


Protecting CIIs via Detection-less Paradigm

Today’s cyber landscape is radically different from the past’s. Advanced threats are stealthy and lethal. They are difficult to detect. Unfortunately, cyber protection technologies continue to progress in a detection-oriented framework. It is therefore not uncommon for malicious codes to reside in a CIIs or enterprises and stay undetected for hundreds of days, exfiltrating data in complete silence. Traditional methods are no longer working. Detect nothing does not mean it is safe, a detection-less strategy is imminently needed.


This sharing session focuses on addressing the common gaps in today’s cyber protection strategies collectively and offers the thought leadership to fill these gaps from a highly operational, practitioner’s perspective.


Ken Soh, CEO, Athena Dynamics


Securing the Future Enterprise Today: “Build Pervasive Cyber Resilience Now”

With the proliferation of more and more sensitive data, expanding connectivity, and the adoption of automated processes, new research reveals that C-suite and IT decision makers need to embrace a different approach to cybersecurity to effectively protect against future cyber risks. While most companies have a chief information security officer (CISO) or assigned cybersecurity to a C-suite executive, such as a chief information officer (CIO), often, these leaders have limited influence on cybersecurity strategy outside their departments. Additionally, nearly half of CISOs acknowledge that their responsibilities for securing the organization are growing faster than their ability to address security issues. This session will highlight the struggle to prioritise cybersecurity being one of the main agendas for an organisation and how the shift in responsibility and accountability from top-down to the individual business units will impact future operations and productivity.

Wayne Dennis, Security Lead, Accenture


Eventually, Everyone will be Breached

This session will discuss about how and why businesses should be designed in a “built to be breached” form - Why and how should governments and organizations should design their IT and business infrastructure not only for prevention of a data breach, but also to be able to be resilient during and after a data breach.

Guy M. Segal, General Manager, Custodio Technologies


Looking Beyond the Perimeter: An Immune System for Smart and Digital Environments

As organisations and nations alike rush to adopt internet-connected devices and smart sensors, defending these advancements becomes a monumental challenge.

For all IoT’s convenience and appeal, the race to innovate is leaving security behind. IoT adoption provides hidden inroads to sensitive data, and roadens the attack surface for cyber criminals and nation states. As this proliferation accelerates with smart cities and 5G, AI driven cyber-attacks, the effects of IoT hacks will no longer be restricted to cyberspace.

AI can look across all digital activity in real time, and understand what’s normal, to help defend against these complex digital environments. With AI-powered defences, organisations can develop their own self-healing digital ecosystems to detect and fight back against novel threats, regardless of origin, before they cause serious damage.

Sanjay Aurora, Managing Director, Darktrace


Chairman Wrap-up and Closing Remarks

End of Conference Day 2