The i2CAT Foundation organizes the 2nd edition of the ‘Space Intersects Internet 2nd Workshop: Into the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Constellations Era’


Join the session on December 15th to learn about the Space Internet ecosystem from experts around the world

After a very successful first edition of the workshop ‘Space Intersects InternetWorkshop: Into the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Constellations Era, celebrated in February, the i2CAT Foundation will organize a follow-up session next December 15th. The Catalan research center, in collaboration with Xona Partners and with the support of Cambra de Comerç de Barcelona, Mobile World Capital Barcelona and the European Space Agency, will bring in experts from the Telecom/Internet technology and investments value chain to assess the latest Space Internet developments. 

Representatives from LEO, 5G and IoT R&D teams, the LEO/MEO/GEO constellations, government space agencies, LEO/Space startups, investors, and law firms will  share insights gained from hands-on experience in LEO deployments and discuss the technology and investment drivers including demand-side economics, research, regulations, and the potential interplay with 5G and Cloud technologies. If you wish to learn more about these topics and ecosystems, do not miss this opportunity and join the workshop next December 15th!

Registration link: please sign up here

Workshop Agenda: (Format – Moderated discussion panels)

16:00 – 16:05 Rationale and goals of the workshop, Dr. Sergi Figuerola, CTIO, i2CAT Foundation

16:05 – 16:15 Catalan New Space Strategy, Mr. Daniel Marco, General Director Digital Economy, Catalan Government

16:15 – 16:20 Where are we on LEO, Dr. Riad Hartani, Internet Technologist, Xona Partners

16:20 – 17:00 – Telecom/5G operators intersecting LEO – Partnership and competitive dynamics

  • Telecom/5G operators interfacing with the new generation of LEO operators
  • Evolving business models and market approach: 5G, IoT, backhaul, cloud and data center in wholesale/retail

Moderator Frank Rayal, Xona partners. Panelists:

  • Jean-Luc Vuillemin, EVP of International Networks, Orange
  • Henry de Chaillé, Business Development, Google Loon
  • Azhar Sayeed, Chief Architect, IBM Red Hat Cloud
  • Jacob Groote, EVP Products, KPN
  • Artur Mendes, VP Sales, Angola Cable

17:00 – 17:40 – LEO technology and deployment challenges

  • LEO technology insights and state of the art
  • LEO/MEO/GEO partnership/competitive dynamics and ecosystem evolution

Moderator: Xavi Lobao, Head Future Projects Division, Telecommunications Department at European Space Agency Panelists:

  • Manik Vinnakota, Head of Marketing, Telesat
  • Yasrine Ibnyahya, Director, Advanced Concepts & Technologies, Inmarsat
  • Philippe Llau, Head International Business, Eutelsat
  • Stewart Sanders, EVP Technology, O3b mPOWER Program Lead, SES
  • Mina Mitry, Co-Founder & CEO, Kepler Canada

17:40 – 18:20 – Getting into LEO large scale deployments: technology, funding, legal and business angles

  • LEO end to end business models and funding models in venture capital/growth stage
  • LEO value chain business dynamics: satellites, chipsets, radios, payload.

Moderator: Mònica Roca, Vice president Barcelona Chamber of Commerce & isardSAT group General Director Panelists:

  • Jaume Sanpera, Founder & CEO, Sateliot
  • Brian Holz, Founder & CEO, Mangata Networks
  • Eduard Danyelian, Head Satellite investments, IFC World Bank Group
  • Henry Wang, Founder & CEO, Smart Mesh
  • Luke Moloney, Partner, Space Fund

18:20 – 18:30 – Announcement of the creation of a Federated “New Space” Lab, Dr. R. Hartani & Dr. S. Figuerola