Back and Forth with Teleport Executive of the Year Bill Tillson

by Lou Zacharilla

Washington, D.C., April 6, 2012--At the Satellite 2012 show in Washington, Bill Tillson, President and Chief Operating Officer of Encompass Digital Media in the United States was named the teleport industry’s 2012 Executive of the Year by World Teleport Association. In a ceremony in Washington, D.C., hosted by SES, Tillson was honored by his peers, including most of the world’s leading teleport operators, satellite companies and technology providers.


Interview with Vince Waterson, President, Asia Pacific Teleport

Los Angeles, Calif. March 2, 2012--Vince Waterson, President of Asia Pacific Teleport has worked for over 30 years telecommunications industry in Asia, Europe and North America. Vince founded VideoKall Inc while maintaining his role as VP of Business Development at Hawaii Pacific Teleport (HPT) a provider of satellite Internet services to the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining HPT, Vince was VP of Business Development at Subic Bay Satellite Systems Inc, (SBSSI) satellite teleport in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Philippines. There he initiated the first large scale satellite internet service in the Asia-Pacific region in 1997 launched on Asiasat2 satellite.  While at SBSSI he designed and operated a satellite delivered Electronic Program Guide (EPG) system for cable TV head-ends in the Asia-Pacific region operating on Thaicom3 satellite.

Back and Forth with Executives from the PTC 2012: "Everything is Illuminated"

by Lou Zacharilla

Honolulu, HI, January 26, 2012-- What is the he difference between the Mid-Pacific Conference Center in Honolulu, Hawaii and the Congressional Ballroom of Renaissance Hotel in Washington in mid-March?  8,000 miles, 60 degrees (F.) in daily temperature and the same numerical gap in the respective systolic and diastolic rates of the people working in them.  Despite the familiar sound of a snicker when you announce to people that you are attending the Pacific Telecommunications Council conference in the Aloha State for work, PTC happens to be one of the hardest-working conferences in the telecommunications industry.  Perhaps that is because we telecom types take it over every for four days each January. 

Interview with ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Toure

Geneva, Switzerland, November 1, 2011--At the recently-concluded ITU Telecom event in Geneva, Satellite Executive Briefing correspondent Roxana Dunnette spoke with the ITU’s Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré on the new ITU Telecom format and other issues. 



Back and Forth: One Idea for the Echo Chamber

by Lou Zacharilla

New York City, October 7, 2011--This column was nearly entitled, “In Praise of Intelsat.” But I knew people would either not read it, accusing me of being a shill for the satellite industry, or would pore over it hoping it was an ironic title, and that I would write a funny piece intended to bash the world’s largest satellite operator.

Low Tech, High Concept

by Lou Zacharilla

New York, August 4, 2011--With the satellite industry's sagging image,  there is a need to promote satellite  as a “high concept” approach.  the SSPI's Lou Zacharilla spoke with  Mark Dankberg, CEO of ViaSat; Adrian Ballintine, CEO of NewSat (and the Teleport Executive of the Year); Keith Hall, COO of Globecomm Systems and Keith Buckley, President of ASC Signal on the subject.

Interview with Intersputik Deputy Director General Stefan Kollar

Moscow, March 1, 2011-Intersputnik’s Deputy Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the subsidiary Intersputnik Holdings, Stefan Kollar spoke to Satellite Executive Briefing on Intersputnik’s plans and how it will be facing the challenges in the new global commercial environment.


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Back and Forth with Thaicom President Nongluck Phinainitisart

by Lou Zacharilla

"Dr. Nongluck,” as she is fondly called, joins the board of directors of the Society of Satellite Professionals International  in March 2011.  She spoke with SSPI Director of Development Lou Zacharilla on various issues, among which, one of her areas of focus on behalf of the international satellite community will be to further promote corporate social responsibility and enable more broadband service via satellite throughout the developing economies of Asia.

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Interview with Gazprom Space Systems' Director-General Dmitry Sevastiyanov

Russia-based satellite operator Gazprom Space Systems has plans to expand into the international markets. Backed by one of the world’s largest energy companies and one of Russia’s biggest banks, Gazprom is leveraging its unique pedigree to become one of the world’s major satellite companies. Satellite Markets and Research spoke with Gazprom’s Director-General Dmitry Sevastiyanov on their plans and whats in store for the company in the near future. Excerpts of the interview follows.  

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