Space Intersects Internet 2nd Workshop: Into the LEO Constellations Era

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The Space Internet workshop will feature expert insights and debate by ecosystem players on potential opportunities and competitive threats.

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This Space Internet workshop brings in experts from the Telecom/Internet technology and investments value chain and assess the latest Space Internet developments. Experts will share insights gained from hands-on experience in LEO deployments and discuss the technology and investment drivers including demand-side economics, research, regulations, and the potential interplay with 5G and Cloud technologies. Participants will leave the workshop equipped with the knowledge and perspectives needed to begin mapping out strategies for thriving in this new environment. This workshop is a continuation of a similar one hosted in February 2020 in Barcelona, answering the request of a good number of participants for a follow-up.

Main Topics of Discussion:

  • Review of Space Internet (LEO focus) technologies and state of the art
  • Key players, business drivers, research, investment, go-to-market strategies, and start-up landscape
  • Competitive threats and partnership opportunities: 5G/Telecom, Submarine, Data Centers, Cloud
  • LEO investments dynamics and demand-side overview

For additional information on the workshop, please see info from our February 2020 1st event.

Workshop Participants

Representation from LEO/5G/IoT R&D teams, LEO/MEO/GEO constellation representatives, Government Space Agencies, LEO/Space startups, investors, and law firms. Tech and business participants from over 25+ countries

Workshop Agenda

Format – Moderated discussion panels

Rationale and goals of the workshop, Dr. Sergi Figuerola, CTIO, i2CAT Foundation

Catalan New Space Strategy, Mr. Daniel Marco, General Director Digital Economy, Catalan Government

Where are we on LEO, Dr. Riad Hartani, Co-founder, Xona Partners

Telecom/5G operators intersecting LEO – Partnership and competitive dynamics

✔ Telecom/5G operators interfacing with the new generation of LEO operators

✔ Evolving business models and market approach: 5G, IoT, backhaul, cloud and data center in wholesale/retail

Moderator: Frank Rayal, Xona partners


  • Jean-Luc Vuillemin, EVP of International Networks, Orange
  • Henry de Chaillé, Business Development, Google Loon
  • Azhar Sayeed, Chief Architect, IBM Red Hat Cloud
  • Jacob Groote, EVP Products, KPN
  • Artur Mendes, VP Sales, Angola Cable

LEO technology and deployment challenges

✔ LEO technology insights and state of the art

✔ LEO/MEO/GEO partnership/competitive dynamics and ecosystem evolution

Moderator: Xavi Lobao, Head of Future Projects Division, Telecommunications Department at European Space Agency

Panelists :

  • Manik Vinnakota, Head of Marketing, Telesat
  • Yasrine Ibnyahya, Director, Advanced Concepts & Technologies, Inmarsat
  • Philippe Llau, Head International Business, Eutelsat
  • Stewart Sanders, EVP Technology, O3b mPOWER Program Lead, SES
  • Mina Mitry, Co-Founder & CEO, Kepler Canada

Getting into LEO large scale deployments: technology, funding, legal and business angles

✔ LEO end to end business models and funding models in venture capital/growth stage

✔ LEO value chain business dynamics: satellites, chipsets, radios, payload.

Moderator: Mònica Roca, Vice president of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce & isardSAT group General Director


  • Jaume Sanpera , Founder & CEO, Sateliot
  • Brian Holz, Founder & CEO, Mangata Networks
  • Eduard Danyelian, Head Satellite investments, IFC World Bank Group
  • Henry Wang, Founder & CEO, Smart Mesh

Announcement of the creation of a Federated "New Space" Lab

Dr. Riad Hartani & Dr. Sergi Figuerola

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