Satellite Communications Services: Ground and Space Working Together

New World Satellite Communications

The use of communications satellites to reliably deliver a vast number of communications services around the world is today taken for granted, with a mix of more traditional operators and new entrants competing to provide cost effective exciting new service offerings.

To fully understand this business, it is necessary to consider various aspects of both the satellite and ground segment that need to work in harmony to provide these communication services. 

This talk will consider the history, look at the state of play  - both today and in the future. 


Continuing Professional Development

This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.


25 Mar 2022

2:00pm - 3:30pm

Add to Calendar 03/25/2022 14:00 03/25/2022 15:30 Satellite Communications Services: Ground and Space Working Together How to use communications satellites reliably in the new world of traditional operators and new entrants competing to provide cost effective and exciting new services. Savoy Pl, London WC2R 0BL, UK


London Local Network

Registration Information

These lectures are preceded by an optional lunch where there is an opportunity to network with colleagues.  

If you wish to attend this lecture please book a place on the IET website.  

During the booking process you will have the opportunity to pre book a lunch at Savoy Place. 

The cost for a two course meal with wine is £19.31

It is ESSENTIAL to pre book lunch and pay for it on this website.  

Reservations for lunch can be made up to 11pm on the Monday prior to the event (subject to availability).  

Bookings for the lecture only can be made up to noon on the day prior to the event (subject to availability).  

No payment for the event lunch can be made at Savoy Place.  


  1. You don’t need to be a member to log into the system.   
  2. You can book for more than one person; you just need to add the other guest(s) name(s).
  3. You can add any special dietary requirements during the booking process.
  4. The website price quoted is exclusive of VAT.  VAT will be added when you pay.


Simon Watts

Simon Watts

Principal Consultant, - Avanti

Simon Watts graduated from Manchester University in 1981 with a B.Sc. before joining BT International where he undertook a variety of satellite communications tasks.  In 1996, he moved to Hughes Europe where he was appointed Chief Engineer (Europe) from 2001 to 2011.  He is now a Principal Consultant at Avanti working on a variety of projects, most recently focussing on the integration of satellites with 5G.  He is also the chair of the EMEA Satellite Operator Association standards working group. 

Reasons to attend

If you have a professional or natural curiosity and interest in Satelite Communications, Engineering, Technology, Design, Production, Application, Physics, Chemistry, Environment, Transportation, Industry, Material Engineering, Aviation, Security and Government & Politics.


IET London: Savoy Place

2 Savoy Place
United Kingdom

The London headquarters of the IET.

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11:30/11:40 Arrival for optional lunch  

It is essential to sign in at the Faraday reception desk which is on the second floor for IET building before entering the Faraday Centre.  

12:00 to 13:45 – Optional lunch.  

13:45 - Arrival for lecture  

It is essential to sign in separately for attendance at the lecture.  (Note this is required for IET attendance records purposes and is different to the Faraday signing in procedure).  

14:00 to 14:45/15:00 – the lecture starts promptly at 14:00  

14:45/15:00 to 15:30 approximately – questions and discussion  

15:30 Optional tea/coffee in the Faraday Centre. 

Free for members. 

Non-members can purchase tea/coffee at the Faraday counter. 

(Note before entering the Faraday Centre you must sign in at the reception desk.)  

Please sign out when leaving the Faraday Centre.




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