The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC) of Saudi Arabia are hosting a 3-day International Forum on Connecting the World from the Skies, in collaboration with the Saudi Space Commission (SSC). This hybrid forum will take place from 8 – 10 November 2022, in Riyadh and Online, and will discuss extensively airborne and spaceborne networks, from space, science, technology and policy perspectives.
The forum will be of interest to representatives from both the public and private sectors, and in particular radiocommunication and space industry innovators, researchers, ICT, and technology stakeholders, as well as spectrum policymakers from national regulators and other relevant international bodies. Keynote presentations, moderated panel discussions, and technology demonstrations will showcase the variety of technological solutions. In addition, tutorials about both technical aspects and non-technical impacts of these technologies will be run during the forum.
The deadline for competition entries has now passed, they are in the process of being reviewed, and information on the winners will be shared here shortly.
H.E. Abdullah Alswaha
Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Saudi Arabia & Chairman, CITC & Saudi Space Commission
H.E. Mohammed Altamimi
Governor, CITC & Acting CEO, Saudi Space Commission
Secretary General, ITU
Director, BR, ITU
CEO, Inmarsat & Chair, GSOA
Founder & Chairman, E-Space
President and CEO, Omnispace
Chairman of the Board and CEO, Viasat
CEO, Airbus HAPS Connectivity Solutions
CEO, AsiaSat & Vice-Chair, GSOA
The leaderships of the organizers will open this Connected Globe Forum. The Director of the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau, the Governor of CITC, the CEO of SSC and the Director of UNOOSA will discuss this evolution of wireless connectivity from the atmosphere and outer space, and emphasize the need for sustainable connectivity to all those unconnected while protecting our environment.
Speakers and content to be confirmed shortly
Speaker and content to be confirmed shortly
As more wireless towers are being tested or/and deployed into the different layers of the outer space and atmosphere, the session will discuss the importance of this connectivity evolution. The panel will provide insight on the need for open skies policy across the globe. Connectivity from the sky has the capability of offering wide-area coverage by providing connectivity over areas that are expensive or difﬁcult to cover when compared to terrestrial networks (i.e., rural areas, vessels, airplanes).
This session will highlight the necessity of the sky-based connectivity by discussing:
This session will discuss HAPS technology capability and future. It will demonstrate recent trials of this promising technology, and how it fits within this new wave of wireless connectivity. Video and footage from real-life trials will be shown and discussed by industry experts who manage these experiments.
In order to connect the unconnected across the globe in a sustainable manner and to achieve the ultimate goal of ubiquitous connectivity, collaboration between global service providers and policymakers is vital. Operators looking to deliver a solution that provides connectivity across different countries are often faced with a number of different regulatory challenges. This panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities of achieving the service providers’ globalizations.
It will discuss the following:
Prominent scientists and academics will lead a technical discussion on this new technology era of hybrid and integrated networks to bring seamless connectivity from air, space and ground. The session will deep dive on how different components of these networks will work together in a single topology.
This session will bring together launching, aviation and connectivity providers of different kinds to discuss the challenges, opportunities and alternatives of deployment of networks in the different layers of the atmosphere. The challenges and opportunities linked with LEO based networks, as well as UAV, Air-to-ground, and HAPS networks will be discussed:
This session will bring together terrestrial and non-terrestrial networks experts to discuss how space, air, and land communication technologies can complement each other aiming to achieve seamless connectivity. It will highlight the challenges of interoperability as well as the gains of complementarity among mobile and satellite industries.
Topics to be addressed will include:
This session will discuss the LEO current and future capabilities of delivering 5G services. It will demonstrate recent trials of this promising technology, and how it fits within this new wave of wireless connectivity. Video and footage from real-life trials will be shown and discussed by industry experts who manage these experiments.
The panel will bring both space and mobile networks experts to discuss the recent disruptive connectivity technologies, and how those technologies can be utilized effectively to connect the unconnected.
This session will analyze different technologies that will enable the new integrated connectivity paradigm:
Sixth generation will exploit satellite, aerial, and terrestrial platforms jointly. Hence, a wide variety of network services with diverse requirements will pose great challenges to the service proliferations. In this panel, prominent scientists and academics will lead a technical discussion on the roadmap of delivering 6G services through the sky.
This session will discuss LAPS technology capability and future. It will demonstrate recent trials of this promising technology, and how it fits within this new wave of wireless connectivity.
In addition to meeting the increasing demand for connectivity, next generation network communication infrastructure is called to i. be more energy and cost efficient; ii. provide reliable connectivity anywhere at anytime; and iii. fulfil environmental and economical sustainability requirements. In this context, non-terrestrial networks (NTN) are recognized to play a crucial role.
This panel will focus on the importance of NTN as a green network connectivity solution.
This session will discuss the use of LEO and GEO satellites to offer IoT connectivity. In the session, we will demonstrate recent trials of this technology, and how it brings IoT services and innovative use cases in different enviroments and situations. Video and footage from real-life trials will be shown and discussed by industry experts who manage these experiments.
Space is getting increasingly crowded. And this is not just due to the high number of new satellites that are being launched, but also due to millions of pieces of orbital debris from past space ventures and collisions that are flying in the LEO, sometimes at speeds of up to 18,000 miles per hour. Due to the rate of speed and volume of debris, this causes a safety risk to current and future space-based services, explorations, and operations, and to people and property in space and on Earth.
This panel will attempt to discuss the following:
This session will discuss how the Air-to-Ground technology can deliver broadband connectivity to aircraft, helicopters, and drones. It will demonstrate a recent deployment on the busiest air route of the Kingdom, share video footage and performance data, and have experts from the telecommunications and aviation industries discuss the results as well as next steps.
Prominent scientists and academics will lead a technical discussion on the challenges in the age of wireless proliferation, including, for example, the potential spectrum crunch for connectivity from earth and beyond. The session will highlight the potential innovative spectrum access and sharing mechanisms.
The electromagnetic signals emitted by all objects in the universe is vital for understanding the cosmos and the overall progress of science. However, these signals are facing more interference threats as more communication systems are deployed. More recently, an additional negative impact on the observation of the night sky emerged from visual interference of the mega LEO constellations. This panel will discuss the importance of updating the dark and quit skies policy. Additionally, the challenges of adopting open sky policies will highlighted.
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