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MENA: Where Next For Satellite?

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March 26th  | 10:00 a.m. ET Join Via Satellite in this webinar to learn how executives of major satellite companies view the landscape, the opportunities, the threats, the regulatory issues, etc.




The Middle East and Africa continue to be vibrant markets for satellite communications. Global industry giants and local players mix together as demands for capacity remain strong. Whether pay-TV or communications, a lot of new satellite capacity is entering the region. The Middle East satellite market also remains a key barometer for the global market, given its overall significance in the global satellite eco-system.

Join Via Satellite in this webinar to learn how executives of major satellite companies view the landscape, the opportunities, the threats, the regulatory issues, etc.

Get your questions answered and find out the answers to key questions facing companies trying to monetize these compelling and diverse landscapes.

  • What are the prospects for satellite communications in the Middle East and North Africa over the next 12 months?
  • Uptake of HD and pay-TV in the region? Which countries have the best opportunities for pay-TV and satellite capacity uptake?
  • What are the demands in these regions for satellite capacity? Are enough satellites being put up to meet the demand for bandwidth in both Africa and the Middle East?
  • Analysis of pivotal growth markets such as broadband and pay-TV across the region
  • What are the major growth opportunities for satellite players in these two regions?
  • What role can satellite technologies play in boosting local economies, as well as in areas such as education and health?

Via Satellite will have some of the industry’s top executives and thinkers presenting to you directly and answering all of these key questions facing companies in this sector.



Riyadh Al Adely
CEO, Skystream

Riyadh Al Adely joined Sky Stream in 2005 and was assigned to look after its commercial activities in Afghanistan and GCC. Armed with a sound technical background and extensive industry experience, Riyadh has been instrumental in steering SkyStream from a small iDirect hub operator to a well-known satellite solution provider. Today, SkyStream has involvement in Marine, Military and Energy Sectors with regional presence all over Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Iraq, GCC, Yemen, Horn and North Africa.

Riyadh is currently finishing his Executive MBA degree from Hult International Business School and holds a BSC in Avionics engineering from MEC. He started his career as an R&D Engineer in Iraq Military Industry Association, and worked as a senior system engineer for IBM Midrange. Before joining SkyStream, he was the Country Manager for a consultancy firm looking after Qatar, Iraq, Bahrain, Oman and Yemen.

Mark Billinge

Mark Billinge
Vice President for Broadcast Operations and Technology, OSN

Mark Billinge was appointed the Vice President for Broadcast Operations and Technology at OSN in February 2011, and has been with the company since July 2006. His role involves the responsibility of the end to end broadcast operations and overseeing all technology developments and upgradation of the OSN platform.

Mark has played a pivotal role at the station in particular the launch of its English Premier League coverage, becoming the first broadcaster in the world to broadcast all 380 matches of the season live with dual language commentary.

Since the merger and formation of OSN in 2009, Mark has been actively involved in all major projects carried out by the Broadcast and Technology department including the regions first HD platform, the conversion of the platform to Mpeg4 in 2011 and the successful launch of OSN Play earlier this year.

Before joining OSN, Mark worked in the UK and as has over 20 years experience in broadcast technology and operations. Mark has a BSc in Electronic Engineering from Leicester DeMontfort University, UK.

Nabil ShantiNabil Shanti
Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Arabsat

Nabil Shanti is an executive in the area of Satellite telecommunications with Masters degree in Telecommunications Engineering. He has held different positions which contributed positively to his more than 25 years of experience.

Mr. Shanti is the VP/CCO of Arabsat, prior to that he has held several positions within Arabsat started as Director of Network Operations Department and Director of Sales Department.

Shawkat Ahmed
CCO, Yahsat

Shawkat Ahmed drives the overall formulation, approval and execution of the marketing plan of Yahsat. Shawkat is responsible for customer and sales strategy and looks after strategic alliances including identification of partners. Additionally, he oversees the financial interface between business development activities and budget forecasts.


Mark HolmesMark Holmes
Editorial Director, Via Satellite & Avionics Magazine

Mark Holmes is Editorial Director of Via Satellite and Avionics Magazine, two industry leading titles in their sectors. Mark has been at Access Intelligence over eleven years, working on a variety of titles in telecoms, broadband, digital TV and satellite. Mark has been with AI’s Satellite Group for over four years. As well as writing across the Satellite Group’s broad range of products, Mark has also secured a number of top speakers for the annual Satellite event in Washington, as well as put together numerous PPV webinars over the last 2-3 years.

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