Wednesday, July 20, 2016

ESOA Members Sign 5G Manifesto with European Commissioner Günther Oettinger

BRUSSELS - Wednesday, July 20th 2016 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Joining a delegation of telecoms CEOs, members of the Board of the EMEA Satellite Operators Association today welcomed and signed an industry Manifesto that embodied the contribution of key telecoms industry players in shaping the EU vision for 5G. Rupert Pearce, ESOA Chairman and CEO of Inmarsat and Karim Michel Sabbagh, CEO of SES were both invited to participate in the process.

The Manifesto has clearly recognised that no single network technology can deliver on the promise of an inclusive 5G experience given what that implies in terms of data demand, including video. 5G is about interworking of different technologies: mobile, fixed and satellite and the Manifesto calls for close collaboration between the different telecoms players amongst each other as well as with vertical sectors.

ESOA welcomes the Commission’s support in pushing for early pilots and demonstrations, which will highlight the contribution of different component technologies, working together to achieve synergies and deliver the 5G system of systems. We encourage the Commission to boost European competitiveness through global standardisation and international spectrum allocation processes.

Rupert Pearce, ESOA Chairman commented: “The inclusion of satellite in 5G infrastructure will ensure that everyone can benefit from reliable services, whether at home, on the move or in the air. Moving from pilots to reality will require the Commission to drive a process where fixed, mobile and satellite operators work together on concrete projects that contribute to integration and interoperability”.

“The Integration of different network technologies is crucial for the successful deployment of 5G, as no single technology can cope with the tremendous growth of video and data demand. Satellite connectivity will be a cornerstone for global, profitable and inclusive 5G deployment. Therefore we are happy to endorse the 5G Manifesto as it represents a clear and ambitious roadmap of the European economy on the way to digitalisation ”, said Karim Michel Sabbagh, President and CEO of SES.

Aarti Holla, ESOA Secretary General added, “Viability of 5G services such as for Connected Cars or IoT will depend on systems that are available everywhere and that can communicate seamlessly across different platforms. Those platforms will use the different spectrum bands that have been identified for study by WRC15”.

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About ESOA: ESOA is the world’s only CEO-driven satellite trade association whose membership brings together 21 European, Middle-East and African satellite operators and supporting members including service providers, manufacturers and launch service providers. Set up in 2002, the association’s mission is to provide a unified voice and a platform for collaboration for satellite operators to ensure the continued success of the sector and to broaden the opportunities for policymakers to leverage satellite services to fulfill their objectives.

For more information, please contact


EMEA Satellite Operators Association (ESOA)

Rita de Castro | Head of Public Policy

Phone 0032 550 3599 |Mobile 0032 486 548 212


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