Connecting the World from the Skies

About

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.

Location

CITC Headquarters
Riyadh
Saudi Arabia

KEY THEMES

Connecting the Unconnected

Orbital Debris and Space Sustainability

Dark and Quiet Skies Policy

Space, Terrestrial and Future Integrated Connectivity

Open and Regulated Skies

Road to 6G through the Skies

Competition on Non-Terrestrial Networks for B5G and 6G

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.

Speakers

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H.E. Abdullah Alswaha

Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Saudi Arabia & Chairman, CITC & Saudi Space Commission

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H.E. Mohammed Altamimi

Governor, CITC & Acting CEO, Saudi Space Commission

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Houlin Zhao

Secretary General, ITU

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Mario Maniewicz

Director, BR, ITU

Rajeev Suri

Rajeev Suri

CEO, Inmarsat & Chair, GSOA

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Greg Wyler

Founder & Chairman, E-Space

Dan Goldberg

Dan Goldberg

CEO, Telesat

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Neil Masterson

CEO, OneWeb

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Ram Viswanathan

President and CEO, Omnispace

Steve Collar

Steve Collar

CEO, SES

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Mark Dankberg

Chairman of the Board and CEO, Viasat

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Samer Halawi

CEO, Airbus HAPS Connectivity Solutions

Amy Mehlman

Amy Mehlman

Vice-President, E-Space

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Peter Hadinger

CTO, Inmarsat

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Roger Tong

CEO, AsiaSat & Vice-Chair, GSOA

Agenda

You can view the agenda in your preferred time zone by selecting it from the list below.
Day 1
2022-11-08
Day 2
2022-11-09
Day 3
2022-11-10
11:15 - 12:00
Opening Presentations

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.  

12:00 - 12:45
High-level ministerial and thought leadership roundtable

Speakers and content to be confirmed shortly

12:45 - 13:05
Break
13:05 - 13:25
Keynote Presentation: The Wireless World of the Future

Speaker and content to be confirmed shortly

13:25 - 14:25
Session 1: Why does the world need connectivity from the Sky?

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:

  •  How will the next generation of sky-based connectivity fit into a future hyper-connected world and how can it help to meet the anticipated huge increase in data demand?
  • When and where should the focus on sky-based networks be and what will their role be as we move towards 6G? 
  • Should we be looking at these to primarily meet connectivity requirements in harder to reach areas, or as technologies evolve, can NTNs compete with traditional terrestrial networks to deliver superfast connectivity in cities and densely populated areas?
  • To what extent are sky-based networks capable of enabling IoT and machine-to-machine communications?
  • Would the sky-based networks provide more sustainable solutions when compared to its terrestrial-aided counterpart?
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Catherine Kavvada
Director for Innovation and Outreach, European Commission
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Steve Collar
CEO, SES
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Philip Marnick
General Director, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), Bahrain
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Samer Halawi
CEO, Airbus HAPS Connectivity Solutions
14:25 - 15:10
Technology Demonstration: Connectivity from the Stratosphere

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.

15:10 - 16:00
Break
16:00 - 17:00
Session 2: Globalization of Service Providers beyond National borders

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:

  • What are the technical and regulatory challenges that need to be tackled to attain service globalization?
  • How important is cross-industry and cross-sector collaborations, and how can key stakeholders such as operators, tech companies, vendors, service providers, standards bodies, and government agencies all come together to help reduce the regulatory burden and smooth the delivery of connectivity beyond national borders?
  • What can we learn from previous successful stories of global ordinations among service providers?
  • What role can Blockchain and smart contract technologies play in helping to promote the globalization of service providers?
17:00 - 18:15
Thoughtful Discussion: Integrated Space-Air-Ground Networks for Global Connectivity

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. 

18:15 - 18:35
Break
18:35 - 19:35
Session 3: Deployment of Space-borne and Air-borne Networks – Challenges and Opportunities

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:

 

  • What spectrum requirements are needed to enable efficient airborne and spaceborne networks, and how can these be met?
  • What are best topologies for each network?
  • To what extent can different space-based and airborne networks be part of the solution to fulfil future data demand?
  • How can airborne-based or spaced-based networks integrate with the terrestrial networks?
  • What are the economic and technical challenges that might hinder the wide deployment of networks and how can these be overcome?
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William Webb
Chief Technology Officer, Access Partnership
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Ram Viswanathan
President and CEO, Omnispace
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Dirk Lindemeier
Chief Commercial Officer, Skyfive
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Roger Tong
CEO, AsiaSat & Vice-Chair, GSOA
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Gilles Bregant
CEO and Director General, ANFR France
19:35 - 19:55
Keynote Presentation: Towers in the Sky
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Greg Ewert
Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, HAPS Alliance
12:00 - 12:20
Keynote Presentation: Dynamic Multi-layered Space Networks
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Rajeev Suri
CEO, Inmarsat & Chair, GSOA
12:20 - 13:20
Session 4: Hybrid Connectivity – Ensuring Interoperability and Complementarity

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:

  •  How can enhanced network reliability be achieved through various access technologies?
  • What potential benefits can the emergence of hybrid satellite-terrestrial networks and ‘direct to device’ satellite connectivity offer?
  • What performance can be expected to be seen from networks in this way? What use cases can it best provide a solution for (consumer / IoT connectivity etc.)?
  • How can hybrid connectivity enhance the network reliability and resilience in responding to natural disasters?
  • How can we tackle the interoperability challenges such as configuration update, new communication and networking technologies introduction, truly-differentiated devices?
  • What work is being carried out by standardization bodies to help push forward the development of hybrid connectivity (for example the 3GPP Rel-17 specifications that will support New Radio (NR) based satellite as well as NB-IoT and eMTC based satellite access)?
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Dan Goldberg
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Charles Miller
CEO, Lynk
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Peter Hadinger
CTO, Inmarsat
13:20 - 14:05
Technology Demonstration: 5G Everywhere from Low Earth Orbit

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.

14:05 - 15:00
Break
15:00 - 16:00
Session 5: New Disruptive Connectivity Competition

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:

  • What are the main connectivity technologies?
  • How can massive MIMO, electronically scanned apertures (ESAs) antennas, and beamforming technologies help in achieving different performance requirements, while minimizing the potential interference?
  • How can advancement of the networking technologies in areas such as Software-defined networking (SDN), network function virtualization (NFV), network virtualization (NV) and software-defined radio (SDR) help to enable efficient space-air-ground integration?
  • What are the circuit design challenges, and where should the hardware manufacturers focus their R&D efforts?
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Aarti Holla-Maini
Secretary General, GSOA
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Jennifer Manner
Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Echostar
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Michal Brichta
Head, Slovak Space Office
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Laith Hamad
CEO and Board Member, OneWeb NEOM JV
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Motoi Matsumoto
Deputy Director, Global Communication Division, Softbank Corp.
16:00 - 16:20
Break
16:20 - 17:35
Thoughtful Discussion: The Road to 6G through the Sky

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.

 

17:35 - 18:40
Technology Demonstration: Connectivity from the Low Atmosphere

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.

 

18:40 - 19:00
Keynote Presentation: Connecting the Unconnected
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Lacina Koné
Director General / CEO, Smart Africa Alliance
12:00 - 12:20
Keynote Presentation: The networks of 2030
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Greg Wyler
12:20 - 13:20
Session 6: Sustainable and Green NTN towers in the skies

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. 

  •  What role can sky-based connectivity and NTN play in helping to meet the sustainability targets and goals for next-generation connectivity systems?
  • How can satellite and air-borne services help to increase sustainability by replacing traditional towers?
  • What role can renewable energy sources such as solar power and hydrogen play in the solution?
  • How can stakeholders work together to share best practice in delivering sustainable and energy efficiency end-to-end network infrastructure and equipment? 
  • What potential new performance indicators and metrics can be used to evaluate these sustainable targets?
  • To what extent should regulators be looking to build green ICT standards into future NTN?
13:20 - 14:05
Technology Demonstration: Delivering Global Internet of Things from the sky

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.

 

14:05 - 15:00
Break
15:00 - 16:00
Session 7: Space race toward Space Debris Removal

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:

  •  What are the main causes of the space waste?
  • What might be the consequences of space debris?
  • What are the potential solutions to space debris, and what work is being done to co-ordinate approaches? 
  • What innovative solutions in areas such as orbital changes, self-destruction, passivation, rocket reuse, and laser fragmentation are being seen? Which approaches offer the most potential for success?
  • How important is the development of common standards, best practices and guidelines related to sustainable space operations, and what work is being undertaken to deliver this?
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Mark Dankberg
Chairman of the Board and CEO, Viasat
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Nobu Okada
CEO, Astroscale
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Sergey Gugkaev
Chief Commerical Officer, ClearSpace
16:00 - 16:45
Technology Demonstration: Broadband Internet Access for Airline Passengers based on Air-to-Ground Technology

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.

16:45 - 17:10
Break
17:10 - 18:25
Thoughtful Discussion: The age of Wireless proliferation

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.

18:25 - 19:25
Session 8: Dark and Quiet Skies Policy

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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Alexandre Vallet
Chief, Space Services Department, ITU
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Sara Lucatello
INAF, Astronomical Observatory of Padua
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Ruskin Hartley
Executive Director, International Dark-Sky Association
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Tutorials

3:00PM5:00PM
Tutorial (i): On the performance analysis of non-terrestrial networks: A stochastic geometry-based approach

Over the last decade, stochastic geometry (SG) has emerged as a powerful analytical tool to evaluate system-level performance of wireless networks and evaluate their tendency towards heterogeneity. This tutorial will discuss how the SG models and techniques can be developed to evaluate the performance of the non-terrestrial networks.

2:00PM4:00PM
Tutorial (ii): Integrating Terrestrial and Non-terrestrial Networks: 3D Opportunities and Challenges

In a quest for anything, anytime, anywhere connectivity, next-generation wireless networks are envisioned to break the boundaries of the current ground-focused paradigm and fully embrace aerial and spaceborne communications. In this tutorial, we will discuss the key opportunities and challenges arising from such a 3D (r)evolution by presenting some of its disruptive use cases, reviewing recent results, and pointing to open research problems.

2:30PM4:30PM
Tutorial (iii): Integrated Terrestrial and Non-Terrestrial Networks

The next-generation wireless will be a hybrid system of satellite, aerial, and terrestrial platforms all working jointly. This tutorial will analyze the technology of each platform and will deep dive to the requirements to achieve efficient integration among all platforms.

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Practical Information

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Contact

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Location

CITC Headquarters

Riyadh 11588

Saudi Arabia

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