SATELLITE RUSSIA & CIS 2018 organized by ComNews was held in Moscow on April 19-20. The conference was attended by representatives of regulatory authorities, heads of Russian and foreign satellite communication operators, satellite and space equipment manufacturers, financial and insurance companies, launch service providers, consultants, industrial and business mass media. The conference was started by the welcome speech of Igor Chursin, Deputy Head of the Federal Communications Agency.
In their debates, conference participants discussed new niches for satellite communication operators in crisis conditions, investment sources for the space industry, efficient use of orbital positions, hybrid solutions with ground-based stations (including the use of 5G) and combined geostationary and Low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellations, the VSAT market and many other issues.
Evgeny Buidinov, Deputy Director General for Communications Systems Development and Operation of RSCC, took part in the round table "Satellite Communications and Broadcasting Networks in New Economic and Technological Realities". He believes that one of the main niches for the development of satellite communications is new data transmission solutions at mobile facilities, as well as the use of broadband in remote and hard-to-reach areas.
Andrey Abramov, Manager of the Operator and Corporate Solutions Sales of RSCC, reported on main trends in VSAT broadband services for sea vessels. One of the main problems of this area is the persisting high prices for equipment and reduced budgets for fleets in crisis conditions. However, the number of users is growing. For employers, communications with crew members is an attractive "bonus" when hiring staff. In the tourist area, satellite broadband access from RSCC is also interesting for passengers, entertainment facilities and shops on liners. RSCC in partnership with Marine Satellite has been successfully providing combined communication services on the Princess Maria passenger ferry of "St.PeterLine" for several years.