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Satellite Industry Forum 2011
20 June, 2011
CASBAA recently concluded its highly successful Satellite Industry Forum held at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore on Monday, 20 June 2011 with a message of optimism as the satellite industry is poised for more explosive growth in the region according to speakers.
With over 200 delegates, speakers and media in attendance, CASBAA’s Satellite Industry Forum provided a platform for leaders and experts from around the world to discuss the important issues affecting the industry today and what lies ahead in the future.
Among the industry heavyweights who took to the stage at the Satellite Industry Forum were Dave McGlade (CEO, Intelsat), Romain Bausch (President & CEO, SES), Nongluck Phinainitisart (President, Thaicom), Bill Wade (President & CEO, AsiaSat), Paul Brown-Kenyon (COO, MEASAT), Tom Choi (CEO, ABS), Cheng Guangren (President, APT Satellite) and Inoue Osamu (Senior EVP, SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation).
Despite all the challenges that the satellite industry is facing including fights for spectrum space from big telecommunications vendors and growth reaching a plateau in the US and Europe, Asia remains a bright spark.
At the CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum 2011 opening keynote held on June 20th at Shangri-La hotel in Singapore, David McGlade, CEO of Intelsat, explained why:
“The proliferation of high-definition channels, deregulation by regional governments in the media sector – like India, Nepal and Vietnam – and the trend of content being consumed in the region at ever faster rates is all contributing to this,” he said.
Booming growth in regional markets like India, Malaysia and Indonesia have made the satellite players bullish about prospects. For example, Intelsat is making a US$1.3billion fleet investment in four satellites in the Asia Pacific region by mid 2012.
This sentiment is also echoed by satellite providers such as MEASAT, Thaicom and ABS.
Said Nongluck Phinaininitisart, president of Thaicom, at the Forum’s Leadership Kick-off panel: “We are seeing strong demand in Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar for content.”
With customers wanting more channels faster than they can provide, she made a bold prediction that it will be difficult for terrestrial competitors to encroach on their market. “As long as the growth rate is high, terrestrial competitors can’t replace you. They can try in cities, but not the rest of the country,” she said.
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