The Middle East and Africa face extensive security challenges and SatCom technology provides enhanced capability for tackling the prevalent border surveillance and deployed operations issues in the region. The upgrading and maintaining of communications systems has therefore become a key objective for contingent states. This prioritising of communications systems, particularly satcom means there is a need for increased learning in this area. It is for this reason that we have brought SAE Media Group's MilSatCom Middle East & Africa Event again to Dubai this year.


  • Learn about new satcom projects in the Middle East such as the new Dubai Sat2
  • Get an insight into the issue of space debris one of the biggest challenges faced by the MilSatCom industry
  • Explore new developments in satcom in Africa including Nigerian SatCom
  • Investigate how milsatcom evolves along the chain from the academic research into the finished working product
  • Hear about the future of MilSatCom- Telehealth capability and the benefits for the defence forces


Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mazen Nassar

Mazen Nassar, Installation Training Lead for the Middle East, Global VSAT Forum

9:10 MILSATCOM Networks – Lessons Learned and Future Trends

Hisham Fadel

Hisham Fadel, Executive Director Business Operations, Yahsat

9:50 Development & Use of DubaiSat-2

Sarah Amiri

Sarah Amiri, Head of Research & Development, EIAST

  • EIAST Future Development Plan
  • Earth observation Applications
  • Space System Development at EIAST
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 SATCOM for Critical & Security Missions

    Patrick Heuline

    Patrick Heuline, Head of Mobile Communication Marketing, Thales Communications & Security

  • Satcom in the center of theatre communications
  • Transmission issues and the 3rd generation solutions
  • Airborne Satcom : issues and solutions
  • Land Satcom On-the-Move : issues and solutions
  • Illustration ‘video’ :  Satcom in the centre of theatre communications
  • 11:40 UAE Research in Self Powered Wireless Sensing and Monitoring Microsystems

    Mohammed Ismail Elnaggar

    Mohammed Ismail Elnaggar, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Khalifa University

  • Newly established UAE Center of Excellence on Energy Efficient Electronic Systems involving researchers from 5 UAE Universities
  • New technologies aiming at innovative self powered wireless sensing and monitoring techniques
  • The Center targets applications in wearable self powered chip sets for use in public health, ambient intelligence, safety and security and water quality
  • The Center will cultivate human capital trained in cutting edge semiconductor and nanotechnology research with the ultimate goals of spinning off companies and attracting local and foreign direct investments.
  • It is aligned with the Abu Dhabi 2030 vision of diversifying the economy beyond oil and gas
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:40 Forecast and Expectations of Government SatCom in the Middle-East

    Christopher Baugh

    Christopher Baugh, President, Northern Sky Research

  • What demand exists for milsatcom products and services in the MEA region?
  • What is the uptake in the maritime, aero and UAV markets, both now and in the future?
  • What commercial supply exists, and is this a hindrance to the growth curve?
  • What impact do shifting geopolitics have on milsatcom demand in the region?
  • 14:20 MilSatcom - Military and Government Satellite communications

  • Learn the value proposition of commercial satcom and its operational set up on the field
  • An understanding of satcom military applications and its uses in work force deployment
  • An in depth view on the commercial satcom networks, a focus on Inmarsat services and its value in strategic and mission critical operations
  • Nathan Andrews

    Nathan Andrews, Business Development Manager, Satcom Direct Communications

    Shady  Ali

    Shady Ali, Business Development Director for MEA, Satcom Direct Communications

    15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 MilSatCom – Wider Capability For Global Operations

    Stephen Rowland

    Stephen Rowland, , Airbus Defence & Space

  • Introduction
  • Meeting the future together
  • Delivering in the Middle East
  • 16:10 Medical Emergency Tele-health SatCom Usage

    Riaz Lamak

    Riaz Lamak, International Director Benchmarking & Validation, Global VSAT Forum (GVF)

  • Air force TeleHealth
  • Disaster Management Registry
  • Repurposing Military assets for Emergency response
  • 16:50 Worldwide Ground Stations Network: A Commercial & MilSatCom Asset

    Nicolas Stephan

    Nicolas Stephan, Director and General Manager, LSE Space Dubai

  • Worldwide Ground Stations Network: Definition & Introduction
  • Flexible Solutions for any type of SatComs Mission
  • Add-On Services leading to a Successful Mission
  • 17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Mazen Nassar

    Mazen Nassar, Installation Training Lead for the Middle East, Global VSAT Forum

    17:30 Networking Reception Hosted by Airbus Defence & Space

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Mazen Nassar

    Mazen Nassar, Installation Training Lead for the Middle East, Global VSAT Forum

    9:10 Tanzanian People’s Defence Forces Update

    Colonel Abas Suleiman Kattala

    Colonel Abas Suleiman Kattala , , Tanzanian People's Defence Forces

  • Current usage of milsatcom in operations
  • Overcoming milsatcom difficulties in the terrain
  • Future plans for SatCom in Tanzania
  • 9:50 VASTech: Satellite analysis and monitoring solution set for the international government and law enforcement market

    Hannes Potgieter

    Hannes Potgieter, Product Manager, VASTech

  • Monitoring satellites: is it more trouble than it’s worth?
  • VASTech: Adressing the stumbling blocks of fragmented products and solutions
  • Better analysis, classification and searching of information on signals
  • Improving the workflow of the satellite monitoring process
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Panel Discussion: Advances in high throughput satellite technology for commercial and military applications

    Advances in HTS technology are lowering the cost per bit equation for satellite broadband capacity.  The panel will discuss how these new economics will benefit consumer, enterprise and military applications and the satellite operators in the Middle East region who are offering these services. The panel will address the value of dedicated high throughput (broadband) satellites versus multi-mission satellites with smaller HTS payloads and how government organizations can work with satellite operators to maximize the value of commercial leases.



    Christopher Baugh

    Christopher Baugh, President, Northern Sky Research

    Colonel Abas Suleiman Kattala

    Colonel Abas Suleiman Kattala , , Tanzanian People's Defence Forces

    Riyadh Al Adely

    Riyadh Al Adely, Managing Director, Skystream

    Mazen Nassar

    Mazen Nassar, Installation Training Lead for the Middle East, Global VSAT Forum

    11:40 Comms on the move and Comms on the pause: How to benefit from both

  • Introduction to comms on the move
  • Communications on the pause: Man pack, flyaway, DSNG, Trailers, Vehicle mount, panel antennae
  • Communication on the move:  Marine, Land, Air
  • The rising popularity of comms on the move: Demand, commercial and military
  • Connectivity all the time
  • Challenges of comms on the move: Quality of service, Technological advancement and Usage
  • Effective marketing of Comms: Market trends, Market sectors and regions
  • Mazen Nassar

    Mazen Nassar, Installation Training Lead for the Middle East, Global VSAT Forum

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Satellite Regulation in Ka band

    Laith Mohammad  Al Hamad

    Laith Mohammad Al Hamad, Director of MENA, AA Access Partnership

  • Satellite services in the Ka-band and its regulatory framework
  • Overview - Characteristics of the Ka-band and ITU recommendations
  • Licensing of the Ka-band at the national level and practical issues
  • Medium Earth Orbits (MEO) benefits verses Geo-Stationary Orbit (GSO) and related regulatory issues
  • Ka-band with regional comparisons in Africa, Middle East and Europe
  • 14:10 Behavioral Changes

    Riyadh Al Adely

    Riyadh Al Adely, Managing Director, Skystream

  • SkyStream Introduction
  • Behavioral changes
  • Strengths and weaknesses
  • Dynamics
  • Changes in the market
  • New Trends
  • 14:50 Afternoon Tea

    15:20 Outer Space Environment: Congenital Relation between Space Debris and Satellites: A Legal Overview

    Sethu Menon

    Sethu Menon, Senior Researcher, Space Policy Institute

  • Link between Space Debris and Space Projects
  • Importance of Satellites and Need for Mitigation
  • Defining Space Debris
  • Question of Liability and Economics of Mitigation
  • 16:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks

    Mazen Nassar

    Mazen Nassar, Installation Training Lead for the Middle East, Global VSAT Forum


    MilSatCom Promotional Video


    Interview with Andy Start


    Interview with Dave Bettinger


    Interview with Diana Goody


    Interview with Gidi Talmor


    Interview with Hans-Stefan Suhle


    Interview with Martin Jarrold


    Interview with Tip Osterthaler


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    Amwaj Rotana - Jumeirah Beach Residence



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