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Drinks, Bites & Insights. Satellite Direct to Device: Are We There Yet?


Donny Jackson  (Editor, IWCE's Urgent Communications)


Eric Hagerson  (Public Safety & Security Government Affairs Director, T-Mobile)

Margo Deckard  (COO, Lynk Global, Inc.)

Harlin McEwen  (Chief of Police (Ret.), Ithaca, New York, Police Department)


Paul Kircher  (National Public Safety Director, T-Mobile for Government)

Location: Tangerine Ballroom 2

Date: Tuesday, March 26

Time: 4:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Topic: Backhaul, Broadband, Critical Infrastructure, Interoperability, Satellite, Spectrum

Format: Keynote

Vault Recording: TBD

T-Mobile for Government

Please join us for a compelling panel discussion at 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. followed by a networking happy hour. Open to all pass types.

Panel topic: Satellite-direct-to-phone (Sat2Phone) technology is one of the most talk-about innovations in the communications industry, as the ability for low-Earth-orbit (LEO) satellite to act as a “cell towers in space” has significant implications for users and network operators. For critical-communications users, the promise that a smart device—without a special satellite receiver—can still be used outdoors anywhere on the globe is incredibly attractive, dramatically altering long-held perceptions about LTE reliability. For carriers and other network operators, the ability to keep users connected certainly is positive, and effective Sat2Phone could even impact future roaming and tower-building strategies in remote areas. Learn how this technology is progressing, when it could be commercially available to you, what deployment challenges remain, and how the business model differs from legacy satellite offerings.