This year’s SatCom Africa conference and exhibition promises to be an illuminating four days for members of the broadcasting, telecommunications and satellite industries. The conference will showcase the latest technology and satellite solutions for broadcasting, telecommunications, VSAT users and offshore communications.

In the spotlight this year is Africa’s growing broadband needs; without broadband access, Africa’s economic growth faces a slow-down.
A range of speakers scheduled for the event will speak in detail about solutions to this potential problem, and workshops and seminars will cover topics on how companies can tap into Africa’s emerging telecommunications market.
Subjects covered in the talks and workshops include the advantages of mobile satellite broadband, how to access new markets, and how VSAT can help shape Internet delivery in Africa where, for most, high speed Internet is accessed via mobile phone only.
Another sector of the telecommunications industry undergoing great changes is broadcasting, with the world continuing to move towards digital broadcasting. It is predicted that by 2015, analogue signals will no longer be protected.
With this as a backdrop, a talk by Nabil Shanti, VP and chief commercial officer of Arabsat, United Arab Emirates, will cover DTH service to Africa, highlighting digital transmission over DTH platforms, while a panel discussion will focus on migration of consumers to digital television and how this will affect quality of service and delivery.
The conference, taking place from 30 May to 2 June at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, with an exhibition featuring over 60 companies from 31 May to 1 June, will feature several high level speakers from some of Africa’s leading broadcasters and international telecoms operators, including:
* Steven van der Linde of TATA Communications South Africa, who will share his thoughts on satellite as an option for cost competitive networks.
* Brian Herlihy, CEO of Seacom USA on connectivity trends and new upgrade plans to improve bandwidth.
* Albertus Aochamub, president of the Southern African Broadcasting Association, Namibia, will explore opportunities in African broadcasting.
* Jacques Rautenbach of Internet Solutions South Africa, will give insight into cost effective Internet access across the continent.
During the two-day exhibition, 18 free on-floor seminars across three theatres will be conducted. A new addition to the event is the SES 3D Theatre, featuring a presentation on how satellite can help to deliver entertaining and insightful content.