ITU Digital World 2021
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Wednesday, 15 September 2021

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Space for change: satellites in the service of digital transformation
Forum session
13:30 - 14:45 (Geneva time) followed by informal networking

Advances in satellite technology, changing business models and growing demand for services are making satellites more relevant than ever. An array of options from non-geostationary orbit satellites (NGSO) to geostationary orbit satellites (GSO) in low, medium or geostationary orbits (LEO, MEO, GEO) are evolving to meet needs for commercial services, as well as specialized applications for earth stations in motion, broadcasting, satellite Internet of Things, and providing cost-effective broadband to rural and remote areas. How is the evolution of satellite technology affecting space orbit allocation – is there space in space? Which satellite constellations have already launched, what challenges have they faced and who are they serving? How can satellite networks coexist, compete with or complement current networks? Are there opportunities for partnerships between satellite technologies, with other industry sectors and with government? What new services will satellites enable beyond connecting the unconnected in underserved areas? What is the vision and unique value proposition of the satellite industry – and how can it be achieved?


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Keynote speaker

Mohammed Alotaibi

Deputy Governor for Radio Spectrum

Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC)

Saudi Arabia


Alexandre Vallet

Chief, Space Services Department, Radiocommunication Bureau

International Telecommunication Union



Yulia Kulikova

Head of Regulatory Affairs

Astrocast SA


Kevin Choi



Korea (Rep. of)

Sonia Jorge

Executive Director and Director of Digital Inclusion Programs

Alliance for Affordable Internet (Web Foundation)

United States

Arman Biturganov

Head of Division

Ministry of Digital Development, Innovations and Aerospace Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan


David Goldman

Director of Satellite Policy

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX)

United States

Luke Ibbetson

Head of R&D

Vodafone Group Plc.

United Kingdom

Julie Zoller

Head of Global Regulatory Affairs, Project Kuiper


United States