Sat 2017: Embracing change is key to survival
The evolution has already begun. The satellite and space sectors are in a disruptive state; being forced from chrysalis to emerge advanced. This evolution and all that is encompasses will surely be the theme of the year, so much so that it will be synonymous with the phrase “sat 2017”. Progress is nigh – new models, next-generation innovation, and products and services that set a new standard are appearing, and this adds an extra dimension of excitement to space and sat 2017.
This phase of transformation is not without growing pains, though. Challenges abound, many competitors have to become collaborators, spectrum scarcity needs to be addressed and pricing pressures must be adhered to. Many will not like this phase, but failing to be adequately reactive, many will not make it. As with all evidence of evolution, the fittest survive and the meagre die out.
While we lack certainty about what glimmers on the horizon, we are sure that the unprecedented technological breakthroughs thus far are inspiring enough to draw fresh interest in the heavens above us. From entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, to a new wave of engineers and tech pioneers, there is a surge in new concepts, services and entrants. This influx will help push the industry further forward, gaining the momentum needed to pass forth from the evolutionary hardships into a new era. Starting from sat 2017, the industry will once again prove its resilience. And this will happen at a time when, even amongst “Average Joes”, mainstream society is interested in satellite and space. It is no longer a hot topic just for Trekies and space geeks; it is cooler than ever before.
Amidst this disruption and change is Turkey, a country uniquely positioned in terms of history, culture and technology. Standing at the crossroads between Europe and Asia, Turkey embraces both geographical markets, making it a very important actor of sat 2017 and the space industry. Tracking the country’s industrial developments over the last 15 years, which has earned it more than $170 billion in direct foreign investment, we see that Turkey has made great strides, and this includes the space sector in particular. Turkey has made robust investments in technology development zones established for strategic centres, such as defence and aerospace. The country will continue to develop and bolster is capabilities, making Turkey very interesting for partnerships and a source of business.
It also makes Turkey the perfect location for the Global SatShow, the venue where the theme of sat 2017 will be played out. The 3rd Global SatShow, taking place in Istanbul on November 8-9, will gather industry leaders for the essential cross-sector dialogue that is needed to spur collaboration and to create a roadmap to surviving the evolution. Market influencers, technology trailblazers and the most established industry players will outline the partnerships, co-operations, approaches and solutions that are central to not just surviving, but innovating in the future.
This sat 2017, no more than just try to survive. Be part of the change, be part of the synergy. Join the Global SatShow in Shaping Future Communications.