The BSN is an informal networking group for the broadcast and satellite industry in the UK, managed by a small group of industry stalwarts who organise a series of regular networking events for its membership.
About the BSN-UK
Why Join the BSN-UK
Since its inception in 2006, the BSN has organised on average 3 to 4 meetings per year, welcoming over 1,000 participants over our first decade.
Topics of discussion have included satellite systems and their future, satelite ground station equipment, modulation and coding techniques, satellite insurance, and content management ... amongst other similarly interesting and diverse topics.
Events are often hosted by some of the world’s leading industry organisations, such as Intelsat, SES, Inmarsat, Marsh, ETL, Newtec, Avanti, Field Fisher Waterhouse, Bird & Bird, sjberwin, GVF, Arqiva and Ofcom … to name but a few.
And one of our most anticipated annual events is our Open Mike Evening where our Members provide the subject matter for discussion and it's always a lively event! And the real blessing is that the rules include “no powerpoints” - just come and share your thoughts, we’d love to hear them.
The majority of our events are held in London. Please note that our events can only be attended by Members.
Thurs 16 February 2017 – Meeting at Inmarsat Weds 10 May 2017 – Meeting at Strand Palace Hotel, London (sponsored by Kratos) Thurs 29 June 2017 - 'Regulation is Fun' - Meeting at Access Partnership, Victoria, London SW1 Tues 28 November 2017 – Open Mike Night, The Yorkshire Grey, London
Weds 7 February 2018 – EPIC HTS Update - Intelsat, Chiswick, London
Friends & Family Events
Weds 25 / Thurs 26 Oct 2017 - Satellite Interference Reduction Group Annual Workshop, Brighton (Free Entry for BSN Members)
Weds 21 March 2018 - GVF Connectivity 2018, London (Free Entry for BSN Members)
Our Most Recent Event – 7 February 2018
BSN – Momentum continues in 2018
One year after the re-launch of the BSN-UK (Broadcasting & Satellite Network), 2018 began with the same gusto that has seen the Membership double over the last 12 months.
Keeping broadcasting and satellite professionals connected with the latest developments in the industry and an opportunity to share their knowledge and ideas as well as network with industry leaders is the prime aim of the BSN. This first of the year’s series of networking events was sponsored by Intelsat and attended by our largest group of members since the re-launch.
An excellent presentation given by Andrew Faiola , Director, Mobile Solutions, EMEAAP, who outlined Intelsat’s EPIC's HTS (High Throughput Satellites) network featuring next-generation satellite technology focused on bringing improved connectivity, aimed at meeting today’s - and tomorrow’s – demanding applications. With over 50 satellites in orbit, the network is also supported by the IntelsatOne® terrestrial network which operates seamlessly with the satellite network to provide maximum inter-connectivity.
Andrew also went on to describe Intelsat’s strategic partnership with the antenna manufacturers, Phasor Solutions and Kymeta in their development of flat antennas for mobile markets as well as Intelsat’s interest in OneWeb, a low earth orbit (LEO) network of satellites aimed at providing more than 10 terabits per second of data throughput, bringing internet access to billions of individuals around the globe.
- Engage with others in the industry
- Keep abreast of industry developments
- Free entry to our events*
* Occasionally there may be an additional small fee for some events
Meet the Board of the BSN
We currently have 7 serving Members on our Board - click on their photos to find out more about them.
Jonathan is the Managing Director of BeaconSeek Ltd, a firm largely involved in design, project management, integration, training, and commissioning of satellite ground systems. Previously Jonathan was Head of BBC News Location Facilities Unit, operating fast-response satellite uplinks and terrestrial microwave links in the UK and around the world. As a Chartered Engineer he is an active Member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET), and is also the author of Satellite Newsgathering, the seminal book on the subject published by Focal Press, and Introduction to SNG & ENG Microwave. He runs training courses on various aspects of satellite communications, from beginner to advanced levels.
Anver has over 30 years strategic marketing business development, planning experience in the telecommunications and broadcast industry (including working for BT, Inmarsat, Vyvx, VT Merlin Communications and Europe*Star), and has worked with many of the world’s leading broadcasters, teleports, satellite operators, satellite service providers and equipment manufacturers.
Andrew has worked in the satellite industry for his whole career, starting with Hawker Siddeley Dynamics, Cable and Wireless and then for 31 years with Intelsat in a number of senior positions in the USA, UK , Bermuda and Luxembourg. He has also served on the boards of the World Teleport Association (WTA) and the Global VSAT Forum (GVF). He retired in 2010 but remains active in the industry as a volunteer, currently also serving on the IET Satellite Systems and Applications Network Committee.
Martin has been the Global VSAT Forum (GVF) Chief of International Programme Development since June 2001. His responsibilities include development of the profile of the Forum within the satellite communications industry, including delivery of programmes focused on extending the understanding of, and promoting the use of, satellite-based communications in various key end-user vertical markets.
Martin is also Co-Chairman of the GVF Maritime Satcom Forum, and frequent contributor to various telecommunications and other industry publications. He chairs and contributes to a wide variety of telecommunications conferences, symposia, and workshops around the world. Formerly Commissioning Editor and Head of Research for Space Business International magazine.
Neil has more than 30 years experience in the broadcast industry having worked for Worldwide Television News, Vyvx, Associated Press and NTL Broadcast as well as a number of SNG service providers. Neil’s experience covers operations, planning, commercial and strategic use of satellite and communications links along with the deployment of new technologies to improve services. Working both in the UK and internationally, Neil’s experience encompasses both the use of fibre-only and combined satellite / fibre networks on a global basis. This includes the setting up of planned events such as the Olympics (Winter and Summer) and ad-hoc events for sports and breaking news.
Martin is Executive Director, the Satellite Interference Reduction Group (IRG). Since taking on the position in 2011, Martin has been active in spearheading a number of significant initiatives, including a campaign to introduce Carrier ID across all SCPC/MCPC transmissions from the 2012 Olympics through to being implementation ready by 1st January 2015. Martin regularly addresses the industry on the subject of satellite interference, at global industry events, on an individual basis, and facilitates IRGs workshops. Martin has his own company, Colem, a services, design and project management consultancy since 1992, developing Network Management Systems (NMS) since 1997. Prior to setting up Colem, Martin worked for BT as an engineer in charge of various BT projects for Madley, Goonhilly and other ground stations within the UK as well as working at BT’s London international switching centres.
Anna is a Manager of Policy and Market Access with Access Partnership, providing detailed global regulatory reviews and licensing solutions to deliver market access for clients. She works in French, Dutch, English, Mandarin and Spanish. Anna has a Master of Science degree in Political Sciences from Vrije Universiteit (VU University), Amsterdam and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Contemporary and Chinese Studies from INALCO, Paris. She has several years of experience in research, diplomacy and ICT policy in Europe and Asia. Since she joined Access Partnership in 2012, she has gained comprehensive experience in regulation for satellites and spectrum technologies (earth, space, aero), cloud services and telecom operator authorisations around the world, in particular in Africa, Central, South and Southeast Asia, and Europe.