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Global MilSatcom 2012: Military Satcoms in the next decade

The 14th edition of Global MilSatcom 2012 to take place in London from 27-29 November 2012, will feature 50 speakers including representatives from 20 mature and emerging militaries and governments.

The 14th edition of Global MilSatcom 2012 will take place in London in November 2012 and will feature 50 speakers including representatives from 20 mature and emerging MilSatCom nations’ militaries and governments.

At a glance:

Dates: 27 – 29 November 2012

Venue: Millennium Gloucester Hotel and Conference Centre


Last year’s conference had attendees representing more than 30 countries in total. Approximately 400 attendees visited the event over the four days. A number of new initiatives will be taking place for the first time this year including a pre-conference gala dinner.

Featured speakers include:

Gerard Donelan, head of public sector projects, SES

Donelan brings more than 30 years experience in satellite and governmental communications. With SES Astra since 2003, his expertise covers commercial broadcast and communications services as well as public sector projects and government services.

David Bettinger, chief technology officer and senior vice president of engineering – iDirect

In his role as CTO he is responsible for the oversight of all technology decisions within iDirect and serves to drive the strategic direction for product development. In addition to being the lead system architect for iDirect’s NetModem and iNFINITI series products, Bettinger is also active in industry standards organisations and forums and is a member of the Telecommunications Industry Association, IEEE and the IPv6 Forum.

Koen Willems, strategic marketing director, Newtec

He has been in charge of market launches for professional IP modems and technologies, such as  FlexACM, Clean Channel Technology, Bandwidth Cancellation and Cross-Layer-Optimisation, among other initiatives.

Major Dr Mohammed N Mubarek Alahbabi, information communication technology (ICT) advisor, United Arab Emirates Armed Forces

Dr (Eng.) Mohamed N. Alahbabi is a serving officer in the UAE Armed Forces. Currently he is the leading communication information technology advisor within the Centre of Excellence & Development.

For the last four years he has been heavily involved in the development of the UAE national (YahSat) satellite programme.

Dr Alahbabi leads a UAE Armed Forces Think Tank Project within the Centre of Excellence and has an active role in ITU-R, IPv6 UAE Task Force and other professional associations.



Topical issues in focus at the conference


  • Capacity & Versatility: Key Qualities of Next Generation Satcom
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  • New Platform Choices With High Throughput Satellite Capacity and its Practical Implications on MoD Requirements
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  • Military SatComs in the Next Decade: An Insight into the Factors that will Shape Market Demand, Drive Technology and Enable New Service Propositions
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  • Be Ready for More Data: How to Increase Efficiency Across Satellites for Beyond Line-of-Sight ISR Operations