16 November 2018, 12:30 to 13:30

Tech20: Satellite 5G communications – opportunities for oil & gas



16 November 2018, 12:30 to 13:30


The Oil & Gas Technology Centre
20 Queens Road
AB15 4ZT

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Henny Abuzaid, Telecoms Policy Lead, UK Space Agency

The space sector has grown at an average of over 8% per year over the last decade. As part of the UK’s ‘critical national infrastructure’, it underpins other key industrial sectors such as aerospace, maritime and energy. 

The Government’s Industrial Strategy includes support for small satellite launch and sub-orbital flight from UK spaceports. In July the UK Space Agency announced funding support to the Sutherland spaceport, which is expected to start operating launches in the early 2020s. Elsewhere we are developing world-class facilities, as well as business incubators, in more than 20 locations to support British start-ups hoping to grow into successful space companies.

Against this backdrop we work closely with the European Space Agency (ESA) on programmes focused on supporting the long-term growth of the space telecoms sector in the UK.   

The Telecoms Team will be presenting their view of the emerging trends in satellite communications over the next five years, and the opportunities these can bring to the UK, and to the oil and gas sector specifically. This is an exciting time for space telecoms, as satellites move towards very high data throughput, and increasing numbers of low Earth orbit constellations are due to come online. These developments will make satellite services more accessible and relevant than ever before to a wider range of customers than ever before. They will help deliver the next generation of business applications through 5G, such as autonomous vehicles and the internet of things, enabling the promise of 5G in remote locations.