Come March 21, 2017, and the Dubai World Trade Centre will be the host to the region’s leading broadcast, satellite and digital entertainment companies gathering to take stock of the market opportunities and challenges; and collaborate on the future course of action to position the region on the global map in terms of innovation and expertise in these technologies.

SATEXPO presented by CABSAT will be focussing on innovation and trends in satellite-led communications, technologies and business solutions for the MEASA region. It shall feature discussions around various interesting topics like the role of satellite communications in mitigating risks and cyber security; current scenario of the MENA satellite broadcast market; and exploration of the relationship between commercial business, enterprise and space.

Several companies already feature on the exhibitors list of the show; more additions can be expected in the weeks ahead. Some of the exhibitors are Arabsat, Intelsat, Apster, Asiasat, Eutelsat, Es’hailSat, Hughes, Intersat, North Telecom, Turksat, and Intelsat.

Intelsat in February 2017 launched the Intelsat 32e satellite that happens to be the first of three Intelsat EpicNG satellite launches planned for 2017. The company can be expected to shed more light on its EpicNG at the CABSAT 2017.

Hughes will discuss the latest advances in High Throughput Satellite (HTS) technology and the impact on the region. It will shine the spotlight on its JUPITER System technology deployed for high throughput satellite systems, as well as conventional FSS systems. Yahsat is implementing the latest version of the JUPITER System, incorporating the new DVB-S2X air interface standard, to refresh and expand the services delivered over its Y1B Ka-band satellite. On December 18, 2016, Hughes successfully launched EchoStar XIX, which it claims is the world’s highest capacity broadband satellite.

Content congress conference sessions will address topics like next-generation TV, hybrid video services, personalisation and monetisation of content across various mobile devices, collaboration of OTT and telco players, changing dynamics of pay TV in the region, and digital piracy management.

Following the success of the GVF Satellite Hub Summit in 2016, GVF comes back with the summit in 2017 spread over two days- 22nd and 23rd March 2017. The summit’s opening session will take stock of the telecommunications market in the MENA region and explore the evolving role of satellite communications therein. Yet another conference will discuss the various agenda points of the upcoming World Radiocommunications Conference scheduled for 2019. Other topics which majorly feature on the agenda of the Hub Summit include transition to high-throughput satellites, LEO satellites, VSAT communications, issues of frequency interference, and the crucial role of satellites in mission critical communications. Contributors to the Hub include companies like Arabsat, Eutelsat, Hispasat, Inmarsat, Intelsat, SES, Thuraya and Yahsat.

Syed Ali, show manager of CABSAT, says: “CABSAT continues to focus on the production and distribution of filmed content; Content marketplace on the buying and selling of that content and SatExpo extends its offer in 2017 with an expansion of CABSAT’s broadcast related satellite profile, to cover all applications for satellite communications, earth observation, satellite imagery, hybrid network technologies, mobile satellite services and security, and space for the following industries: government and military; maritime and aviation, business enterprise and space, telecommunications, broadcast / satellite TV.”

In terms of special themes, Ali says the show will explore the adoption of virtual reality as a viewer-led experience as well as the scenario of OTT and multi-platform services. “So many experiential consumer technologies are now coming online which change the demands of content producers. CABSAT, as and annual forum and meeting place for the industry, is the place in the region to share experiences, learn about new projects and business opportunities and collectively rise to the challenge,” he adds.