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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. 

 

 

Back and Forth: One Idea for the Echo Chamber

by Lou Zacharilla

New York City, October 7, 2011--This column was nearly entitled, “In Praise of Intelsat.” But I knew people would either not read it, accusing me of being a shill for the satellite industry, or would pore over it hoping it was an ironic title, and that I would write a funny piece intended to bash the world’s largest satellite operator.

Low Tech, High Concept

by Lou Zacharilla

New York, August 4, 2011--With the satellite industry's sagging image,  there is a need to promote satellite  as a “high concept” approach.  the SSPI's Lou Zacharilla spoke with  Mark Dankberg, CEO of ViaSat; Adrian Ballintine, CEO of NewSat (and the Teleport Executive of the Year); Keith Hall, COO of Globecomm Systems and Keith Buckley, President of ASC Signal on the subject.

Nice People Finish...First?

by Lou Zacharilla

New York, NY, April 4, 2011-- Here’s a panel session you will not see programmed at NAB, or anywhere else in the satellite business this year, I promise: “Why 21st Century Professionals Need to Be Nice.”  $100 bucks if you find anything close. 

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Interview with Intersputik Deputy Director General Stefan Kollar

Moscow, March 1, 2011-Intersputnik’s Deputy Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the subsidiary Intersputnik Holdings, Stefan Kollar spoke to Satellite Executive Briefing on Intersputnik’s plans and how it will be facing the challenges in the new global commercial environment.

 

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Back and Forth with Thaicom President Nongluck Phinainitisart

by Lou Zacharilla

"Dr. Nongluck,” as she is fondly called, joins the board of directors of the Society of Satellite Professionals International  in March 2011.  She spoke with SSPI Director of Development Lou Zacharilla on various issues, among which, one of her areas of focus on behalf of the international satellite community will be to further promote corporate social responsibility and enable more broadband service via satellite throughout the developing economies of Asia.

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A Conversation with Globecomm Systems CEO David Hershberg

by Lou Zacharilla

New York City, December 20, 2010--The founder of of Satellite Transmission and NetSat Express, which specialized in IP satellite connectivity (at a time when people thought “IP” was a typo for Hewlett-Packard) and, since 1994, the CEO of Long Island-based Globecomm Systems, David Hersberg has earned his stripes as the dean of satellite industry executives. 

I respect anyone who has been inducted into the satellite industry’s hall of fame.  It is the pinnacle of career achievement and a high hurdl

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Interview with Jean-Paul Zens, Director of Media and Communications, Luxembourg

Luxembourg City, November 30, 2010--   Two of the largest satellite operators in the world are headquartered in Luxembourg—SES and Intelsat. Luxembourg is aiming to be a broadband hub for Europe.  At the forefront of these initiatives is Jean-Paul Zens, Director of Media and Communications of the Luxembourg  government.  He spoke recently to Satellite Markets and Research  Editor-in Chief Virgil Labrador on how Luxembourg managed to achieve its premier status as a media hub for Europe and other issues. Excerpts of the interview follows:

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