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Orbital Slots and Spectrum Use in an Era of Interference, Brussels Annual Space Conference

This one-day conference is jointly organized by Secure World Foundation (SWF) and the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri). It will examine how radio-frequency interference affects a variety of issues areas, including freedom of information (intentional interference, or "jamming"), telecommunication services (potential interference between systems sharing the C-band), and the governance of the geostationary arc (unintentional interference). It is part of a three year research program and a follow-up from a similar event that Ifri hosted in Paris in April 2013 and published about in a collective book released in January 2014. Join us to discuss this crucial issue with leading experts.

Voir la vidéo prise en marge de la conférence

Orbital Slots and Spectrum Use in an Era of Interference, par Ifri-podcast

8:30    Registration and coffee

9:00-9:15 – Welcome
Guilhem PENENT, Research  Associate, Space Program, Ifri and Victoria SAMSON, Washington Office Director, SWF

9:15-11:15 – Panel 1: Interference and Freedom of Information
Media broadcasters and satellite operators continue to experience intentional interference on broadcast signals by some actors trying to prevent information to reach the public. In addition, as satellites begin to provide more telecommunication services such as internet access, they must deal with new pressure to control or manage the free flow of information. This session will examine the balance between freedom of information and national sovereignty across both of these issues.

Moderated by Guilhem PENENT, Research Associate, Ifri

Simon SPANSWICK, Chief Executive and founder director, Association for International Broadcasting (AIB)

Yasir HASSAN, Diector of Transmission Operations, Arabsat

Michel de ROSEN, Chairman and CEO, Eutelsat

Yvon HENRI, Chief of the Space Services Department (SSD) at the Radiocommunication Bureau, ITU.

Eanna O’CONGHAILE, Ireland’s representative at the Council of Europe’s Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) and  member of the CDMSI Bureau

11:00-11:30 – Coffee break

11:30-13:00 – Panel 2: Interference and Telecommunication Services
A second area of concern is about existing and potential interference occurring as a result of mobile terrestrial services deploying into the frequencies which have been allocated to and used by the satellite industry. This panel will shed light on issues of sharing and compatibility between terrestrial and space systems using in particular the C-band. It will notably explore the regulatory, economic and industrial ramifications of this issue in the context of the upcoming WRC-15 conference.

Moderated by Aarti HOLLA-MAINI, Secretary General, ESOA

Nigel FRY, Head of Distribution BBC World Service Group

Cecil AMEIL, Senior Manager European Affairs, SES   

Frank ZEPPENFELDT, European Space Agency (ESA)


13:00-13:30 – Keynote speech
Roberto VIOLA, Deputy Director General, DG Connect, European Commission

13:30-15:00 – Buffet lunch

15:00 -16:30 – Panel 3: Interference and the Governance of the Geostationary Arc
Unintentional non-voluntary interference remains the highest contributor to the number of events witnessed by satellite actors today. These are a consequence of the growing occupation and exploitation of the geostationary arc for which accommodation must be found between neighboring satellites and services in order to maintain its full potential. This panel will discuss the consequences of the arrival of new entrants on the so-called “rational” drive for more efficient use of the orbit/spectrum resource.

Moderated by Victoria SAMSON, Washington Office Director, SWF

François RANCY, Director of the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau

Gary L. THATCHER, Associate Director, United States International Broadcasting Bureau

Ron BUSCH, Chairman and Intelsat's Executive Director of the Space Data Association (SDA)

16:30-16h45 – Wrap up of the day

Richard ROITHNER, Director, Satcom, Euroconsult

Discussions will be held in English, without interpretation.

Due to limited spaces available, please be sure to register as early as possible


Lieu : Thon Hotel EU Brussels - 75 rue de la Loi - 1040 Brussels (metro : Maelbeek)
Organisateurs : Ifri Space Policy Program - contact: breux@ifri.org

Thon Hotel EU Brussels - 75, rue de la Loi - 1040 Brussels