Back and Forth with WTA Chairman Brett Belinksy

by Lou Zacharilla

New York City, NY, September 4, 2012--As the satellite industry heads into a season of  forums, conferences and networking events, we get a chance to examine what the industry believes are its most important issues.  Because there are many voices and advocates for the key niches in our industry, I thought it would be useful to engage the leadership of key trade associations and special interest groups.  Each represents an important tract in a diverse “Satellite Nation.”  We begin on the ground, with a conversation with M. Brett Belinsky, the chairman of World Teleport Association.

Interview with ITU Secretary General Hamadoun Toure

Geneva, Switzerland, September 3, 2012-- The Secretary General of the ITU, Dr. Hamadoun Touré shared his thoughts on sustainable development an the role of satellite technology with our Geneva correspondent Roxana Dunnette.  Excerpts of the interview:

Executive Roundtable on the Satcom on the Move Market

by B.H. Schneiderman

Los Angeles, Calif., July 16, 2012--To shed light on the trends in the satcom on the move market, Satellite Executive Briefing invited several key executives from some of the leading companies in the field. We asked to share their views in a roundtable discussion on this important market.  Participating in the roundtable discussion are Keith Buckley, President and CEO of ASC Signal, Drew Klein, Director – International Business Development, C-COM Satellite Systems, Tim Shroyer, Chief Technology Officer, General DynamicsSATCOM Technologies and Dwight Hunsicker, Vice President Government Solutions, Globecomm Systems. Follows are excerpts of the exchange:

Back and Forth with David Hershberg, CEO, Globecomm Systems

by Lou Zacharilla

New York City, June 1, 2012--SSPI Director of Development Lou Zacharilla goes back and forth with David Hershberg, CEO of Globecomm Systems on how he started in the industry and the challenges he faced, among other issues.


Back and Forth with Teleport Executive of the Year Bill Tillson

by Lou Zacharilla

Washington, D.C., April 6, 2012--At the Satellite 2012 show in Washington, Bill Tillson, President and Chief Operating Officer of Encompass Digital Media in the United States was named the teleport industry’s 2012 Executive of the Year by World Teleport Association. In a ceremony in Washington, D.C., hosted by SES, Tillson was honored by his peers, including most of the world’s leading teleport operators, satellite companies and technology providers.


Interview with Vince Waterson, President, Asia Pacific Teleport

Los Angeles, Calif. March 2, 2012--Vince Waterson, President of Asia Pacific Teleport has worked for over 30 years telecommunications industry in Asia, Europe and North America. Vince founded VideoKall Inc while maintaining his role as VP of Business Development at Hawaii Pacific Teleport (HPT) a provider of satellite Internet services to the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining HPT, Vince was VP of Business Development at Subic Bay Satellite Systems Inc, (SBSSI) satellite teleport in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Philippines. There he initiated the first large scale satellite internet service in the Asia-Pacific region in 1997 launched on Asiasat2 satellite.  While at SBSSI he designed and operated a satellite delivered Electronic Program Guide (EPG) system for cable TV head-ends in the Asia-Pacific region operating on Thaicom3 satellite.

Interview with Patrick Rayermann

San Diego, California, February 1, 2012-  At the West show in San Diego last month, Satelltie Markets and Research caught up with Patrick Rayermann, the newly appointed Senior Director for Strategy and Development for Orbital Sciences Corporation.  Rayermann joined Orbital in November 2011 after 30 years of service in the US Army, where he retired as a full colonel.  His final military assignment was the chief steward of Department of Defense’s (DoD) architecture for satellite communications and to serve as the Chief of Staff of the DoD Executive Agent for Space (EA4S) Staff. 

Back and Forth with Executives from the PTC 2012: "Everything is Illuminated"

by Lou Zacharilla

Honolulu, HI, January 26, 2012-- What is the he difference between the Mid-Pacific Conference Center in Honolulu, Hawaii and the Congressional Ballroom of Renaissance Hotel in Washington in mid-March?  8,000 miles, 60 degrees (F.) in daily temperature and the same numerical gap in the respective systolic and diastolic rates of the people working in them.  Despite the familiar sound of a snicker when you announce to people that you are attending the Pacific Telecommunications Council conference in the Aloha State for work, PTC happens to be one of the hardest-working conferences in the telecommunications industry.  Perhaps that is because we telecom types take it over every for four days each January. 

Interview with Gazprom Space Systems' Deputy Director-General Igor Kot

Moscow, Russia, November 3, 2011--One satellite company that is aggressively pursuing expansion plans is Russia-based operator Gazprom Space Systems (GSS). At the recent IBC show in Amsterdam, GSS announced that it entered into a strategic partnership with  global satellite operator SES to provide additional satellite capacity to serve the Russian market.  To shed light on this agreement and their future plans, Satellite Markets and Research spoke to GSS’ Deputy Director-General Igor Kot. 

Interview with ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Toure

Geneva, Switzerland, November 1, 2011--At the recently-concluded ITU Telecom event in Geneva, Satellite Executive Briefing correspondent Roxana Dunnette spoke with the ITU’s Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré on the new ITU Telecom format and other issues.