On June 30, 2020 Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) and International Organization of Space Communication “Intersputnik” held an online round table on the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact to the international satellite communications and broadcasting market.
The opening ceremony was attended by Yury Prokhorov, RSCC Director and Yury Chorny, Precise Electromechanics Factory Director.
Participants from Laos, Hungary, Mongolia, Germany, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan and Russia expressed their visions of the problem.
Dzmitry Zakaliukin, Belintersat Head of Aerospace Operations commented on the situation with the satellite market in Belarus.
Online round table was led by Ksenia Drozdova, Intersputnik Chair of Operations Committee and Andrey Kirillovich, RSCC Director of Integration Services and Projects.
The following questions were raised:
∙ How has the global pandemic affected the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry in different regions of the world and performance of the operators? What measures have been taken to improve the reliability of networks and for an uninterrupted mass teleworking? To what extent did COVID-19 exacerbate or initiate the need to digitalize public services and improve outreach to broadband?
∙ What segments and applications are growing, and what market segments, in contrast, have reduced the satellite capacity’s demand?
∙ How has the structure of telecommunication traffic changed in communication networks and media content intake in the Direct-broadcast satellite (DBS) networks? How are the revenues of operators changing? To what extent have ongoing and new projects slowed down?