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2016 Tech-Day discussion topics – High Throughput Satellite

Cewit bldg2016 Golf & Learn –   Tuesday August  16

“High Throughput  Satellites Broadband connectivity for everyone”



9:15 to 9:55 AM – High Throughput Satellite – The next big thing? 

HTS technology was introduced in the early 2000s.  Industry analysts at Northern Sky Research believe now that high-throughput satellites (HTS) will supply at least 1.34 TBps of capacity by 2020. Where is the HTS technology standing today? Let’s review the major players, the global coverage, as well as the various market applications.

 Speakers:  Caleb Henry (Via -Satellite) – Lou Zacharilla (SSPI)

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The Broadband economy

 10:00 to 110:00 AM –  Broadband Connectivity – it’s all about Throughput

Satellite technologies continue to evolve, and now offer a diverse set of architectures each optimized for different solution sets. With all IP networks the rule rather than the exception these networks can efficiently deliver bandwidth to all applications. This session will focus on the advantages and limitations of the latest satellite based systems..

Fixed Terrestrial Wireless Systems share in this evolutionary path. New systems and architectures can focus on delivering broadband to support all applications new KA band point to multipoint systems provide fiber like connectivity filling a niche between Fiber and Satellite in terms of optimum Broadband density.

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Moderator: Steve Yablonski

Speakers:  Neil Berriman, Mark Stodgill (Hammer Fiber)


11:00 to 11:55 AM – HTS Technology and  Satellite Backhaul for 4G LTE.

LTE is normally thought of in terms of the latest in mobile data speeds, this it is, but simultaneously, it is an entirely new Mobile architecture based on pure packet network concepts. This is the major revolution from the 2G, 3G evolution, which remained based on circuit network concepts.

LTE presents new challenges to the technologies supporting its backhaul, and new opportunities to create effective solutions for a wide range or requirements.

This session will explore the path from 2G to LTE, and the new opportunities that are created.

Moderator:  Steve Yablonski (STS Global)

Speakers:  Bruce Berdnarski (Xiplink,  Richard Swardh (Comtech),   Brett Calder (Sunroute Network)


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1:00 to 1:55 PM – CyberSecurity for Broadcast – are you prepared??

As the broadcast industry moves to IP infrastructure and leverages the benefits of IT technologies and cloud-based solutions, it is facing new threats and vulnerabilities never seen before. How is our industry responding to this new challenge and how serious are the threats? Let’s review the leading cybersecurity framework and understand the critical security controls that have evolved in response to this challenge.

Speaker: Ron Clifton (Clifton group)


2:00 to 2:55 PM – Ka-Band/HTS  Network: Where complexity meets technology

From military to commercial applications, the Ka-Band technology is synonymous with network design complexity.  From product manufacturers to integrators, let’s discuss the challenges and opportunities that this technology is bringing to the table.

Moderator: Lou Zacharilla (SSPI)

Speakers:  Steve Good (Comtech), Mike Cascone (CPI), Drew Klein (C-COM), Gerhard Franz (AG Franz)


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3:00-3:30 PM closing remarks

David Hershberg (STS Global) and Lou Zacharilla (SSPI)


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Media and Entertainment Vision: DTH, OTT….

The media and entertainment world is in a rapidly changing transitional period and some of the more significant that trends that will undoubtedly transform the broadcast industry over both the near and long term are considered in this discussion.

Every year, Devencroft conducts a Big Broadcast Survey (BBS) of nearly 10,000 broadcast professionals in 100+ countries, making it the largest market study of the broadcast industry. Shown below is the 2014 BBS Broadcast Industry Global Trend Index, in which the top trends are ranked, according to the survey.

This discussion looks at the top five and includes one more, which is not ranked, but is considered very important by Charlie Vogt, CEO of Imagine Communications.

One of the interesting items associated with the above index is that in the 2013 index cloud computing/cloud based services was not on the index.

The following trends are the leading six initiatives that we believe the broadcast industry will be focused on in the near and long term:

  • 1. Multi-platform Content Delivery – based on the traditional broadcast delivery system(s) such as DTH or DTT and includes alternate content delivery technologies such as Internet Protocol Television (IPTV), Mobile TV, and/or Over the Top (OTT) Internet television to multiple screens.
  • 2. IP Networking and Content Delivery – at the February 2014 Hollywood Post Alliance Technical Retreat, one of the topics was “IP Broadcast Infrastructures and Software Defined Networking”. In considering what is sure to be one of the biggest technology trends over the next 5+ years, Bob Seidel, VP Advanced Technology at CBS agreed that IP is well along the way towards becoming real. “We do have IP-based routers in our plant today, and IP technology is just going to proliferate”.
  • 3. File Based/Tapeless Workflows – based on full IP infrastructure software defined networking. The new media broadcast center no longer conforms to the old paradigm of tape-based workflow where there are multiple repetitive tape-based ingests from acquisition to production/preparation to transmission and/or archival.
  • 4. Cloud Computing/Cloud Based Services – There are three major services that are associated with broadcast cloud computing which are:
    • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
    • Platform as a Service (PaaS) building blocks
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    Data from the Devoncroft 2014 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS) Global Market Report shows that Cloud Services/Cloud Technology had one of the largest year-over-year percentage increases in terms of broadcast technology end-user project spending, when compared to a wide variety of other capital projects.

  • 5. 4K/Ultra High Definition (UHD) – Newly added this year to the survey, increased consumer awareness and falling prices have helped spur Ultra-HD TV sales. In the first 10 months of 2014, unit sales of 4K/UHD televisions were 9X the number of sets sold in 2013.
  • 6. Software Defined Networking – Software Defined Networking provides for a fully virtualized network thereby enabling advanced services by allowing the digital content to be software controlled and managed. By leveraging the scale and reliability of commercial computing platforms, virtualization, and software defined applications/solutions will become a major trend in the broadcast industry in 2015.

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