Outcomes and Presentations: “Space Intersects Internet Workshop: Into the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Constellations Era”

Organized by i2CAT and Xona Partners in the framework of Barcelona Tech Spirit, the Space Internet workshop featured expert insights and debate by ecosystem players on the potential opportunities and threats this space race presents. Experts shared insights gained from hands-on experience in LEO deployments and panelists debated technology and investment drivers including demand-side economics, research, regulations, and the potential interplay with 5G.

Main Topics of Discussion

– Review of Space Internet (LEO focus) technologies and LEO state of the art

– Key players, business drivers, research, investment, go-to-market strategies, and start up landscape

– Competitive threats and partnership opportunities: Telecom operators, Submarine, Data Centers

– LEO investments dynamics, space law considerations and demand side overview


Dr. Riad Hartani, Partner, Xona Partners, [email protected]

Dr. Sergi Figuerola, CTIO i2CAT, [email protected]


Rationale and goals of the workshop
Dr. Sergi Figuerola, CTIO i2CAT, CTO 5GBarcelona

Opening keynote
Dr. Riad Hartani, Xona Partners

Where are we on LEO

“Nano/SmallSats: Current Trends in Scientific & Communications Missions”
Prof. Adriano Camps, CommSensLab-UPC and IEEC/CTE-UPC

“5G/IoT for Satellite in 3GPPP”
Prof. Ramon Ferrus UPC with collaboration of Sateliot

“LEO Network architecture Challenges”
Dr. Vishal Sharma, Metanoia, Inc.

“Constellations and Space Missions”
Aleix Megías, VP of Programmes,Open Cosmos

LEO technology and deployment challenges

“Orchestration of Integrated LEO Satellite Components in 5G Networks and Beyond”
Dr. Pouria Khodashenas, Senior Researcher & Innovation Strategy Manager, H2020 CARAMEL PI, i2CAT

“Internet of Satellites: Challenges and Opportunities”
Joan Adrià Ruiz de Azúa, PhD Candidate. UPC and IEEC

“Open Challenges in Earth Observation”
Dr. Juan Fernando Marchan, ICGC

“Flying Base Stations challenges”
Dr. Ana I. Pérez-Neira, Scientific Coordinator, CTTC

Getting into LEO large scale deployments: legal, funding and business considerations

“Regulation Challenges in LEO Constellations”
Rafael Harillo, Law Firm Más y Calvet

“Space Law Challenges”
Nick Roudev, Simmons & Simmons

“LEO Opportunities: Africa Demand side perspective”
Dion Jerling, ConnectEarth

“Challenges Deploying 5G/IoT from Space”
Jaume Sanpera, Sateliot CEO & Co-founder

“Space Internet and Venture Capital”
Luke Maloney, Space Fund


You can also watch the full recording of the session: