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The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development: reaching the half of the world still unconnected
New York, 22 September 2019
The annual Fall meeting of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development took place in New York (USA) in conjunction with the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The Commission met under the joint Chairmanship of H.E. Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda and Mr Carlos Slim Helu of Mexico and the co-Chairmanship of Ms Audrey Azoulay Director-General of UNESCO and Mr Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General of the ITU.
Along with more than forty other Commissioners, the Executive Secretary Mr Piotr Dmochowski-Lipski participated in the meeting as Commissioner of the Broadband Commission together with Ms Estelle Schnitzler, EUTELSAT IGO’s Administrator and Head of External Relations.
Innovative financing strategies and partnerships to drive network expansion in developing markets were discussed in order to meet the 2025 targets of the Broadband Commission and the 2030 United Nations SDGs. The concept of “meaningful universal connectivity” as a driver for global development was also a major source of exchanges.
For further information, please check here.
11th Tripartite Meeting among Intergovernmental Satellite Organisations
London, 5 September 2019
The Executive Secretary Mr. Piotr Dmochowski-Lipski participated at the annual tripartite meeting of the Heads of EUTELSAT IGO, International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO) and International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO). Hosted this year by Capt. Moin Ahmed, Director General of IMSO, the Heads of the three organisations exchanged views on matters of common interests and concerns.
During this meeting a Joint Declaration reinforcing cooperation between the intergovernmental satellite organisations EUTELSAT IGO, IMSO and ITSO was signed. The text can be found here and the press release for the meeting is available here.
EUTELSAT IGO at the 62nd Session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space
Vienna, 17 June 2019
The Executive Secretary of the European Telecommunications Satellite Organization (EUTELSAT IGO) Mr Piotr Dmochowski-Lipski and the Organisation’s Administrator Ms Estelle Schnitzler attended the 62nd session of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) that is currently being held in Vienna, Austria. The meeting is chaired by Mr André Rypl of Brazil.
This morning, the Executive Secretary addressed the delegates on behalf of EUTELSAT IGO by making a statement on the Organisation’s activities between July 2018 and June 2019.
EUTELSAT IGO has permanent Observer status with COPUOS since June 2008.
EUTELSAT IGO and Intersputnik sign an Agreement on Cooperation
Bonn, 15 May 2019
The Executive Secretary of EUTELSAT IGO Mr Piotr Dmochowski-Lipski and the Director General of Intersputnik International Organization of Space Communications Mr Vadim Belov signed today an Agreement on Cooperation binding the two intergovernmental organisations. The signing took place during a joint session of the Board and Operations Committee of Intersputnik.
During its 40th meeting in March 2017, the EUTELSAT Assembly of Parties invited the Executive Secretary to start consultations with Intersputnik with the aim of strengthening the relations between the two organisations. After a year of discussions and negotiations, the Board of INTERSPUTNIK endorsed the Agreement on Cooperation in June 2018 and the EUTELSAT Assembly of Parties authorised its Executive Secretary to sign it in April 2019. The Agreement provides for a mutual observer status for both organisations.
The Executive Secretary Mr Piotr Dmochowski-Lipski said on the occasion: “The signing of the agreement is an important milestone in the long history of cooperation between EUTELSAT IGO, Intersputnik and Eutelsat S.A.. It formalises our already existing bonds and gives them a new revival impulse for the years to come.”
The Director General Mr Vadim Belov said: “We should join efforts, combine competences and expertise to move forward for the benefit of the users of satellite telecommunications worldwide”.
At present, twelve countries are Member-States of both organisations, namely Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Poland, Russia, Romania, Ukraine.
Intersputnik is an intergovernmental organisation established in 1971 whose core purpose is to lease satellite capacity to telecommunications companies, broadcasters and corporate customers under contracts with satellite system operators and by means of its own spectrum and orbit resource. At present, the Organisation comprises 26 Member States and is headquartered in Moscow.
The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development continues to explore ways to expand broadband networks for digital transformation
Menlo Park, 28-29 April 2019
The annual spring meeting of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development took place in Menlo Park (USA) under the Chairmanship of H.E. Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda and Mr Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General of the ITU. The meeting was hosted by Facebook at its headquarters in the Silicon Valley.
The Executive Secretary Mr Piotr Dmochowski-Lipski who was appointed Commissioner of the Broadband Commission in February 2018 attended the meeting together with Ms Estelle Schnitzler, EUTELSAT IGO’s Administrator and Head of External Relations, along with more than forty other Commissioners.
At the meeting the Commissioners discussed the future trends and developments now that more than half of the global population is online. They also examined the use of innovative partnerships and business models to assist the expansion of broadband networks and the development of digital skills in remote and rural areas to ensure widespread access to the benefits of broadband.
The Executive Secretary joined the Working Group “Broadband for All: A Digital infrastructure Moonshot for Africa” whose objective is to achieve universal and affordable access to ICTs for Africa. The Working Group is chaired by Ms Kristalina Georgieva, CEO of the World Bank.
For further information, please refer to the official press release.
Our Sincerest Condolences
Paris, 10 March 2019
The European Telecommunications Satellite Organization EUTELSAT offers its sincere condolences and its deepest compassion to the families, friends and colleagues of the victims of the tragic Ethiopian Airlines plane crash. We also pay tribute to the Ethiopian authorities and all volunteers who have been assisting those in need.
Space for Europe, European Space in the World
Brussels, 22-23 January 2019
The Executive Secretary participated in the 11th Conference on European Space Policy in Brussels. Entitled “Space for Europe, European Space in the World”, the event included panel discussions about the new European space strategy programme for 2030, European digital autonomy including the role of the Satellite Communications in delivering space services, European space independence regarding trade and competition and the financing of the European space ambitions.
The Executive Secretary was invited to participate in the panel discussion “The 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference: what is at stake for Europe?” together with other prominent speakers such as Mr Alexandre Vallet, Chief of Space Services Department of the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau, Ms Magali Vaissiere, Director of “Telecom and Integrated Applications” at the European Space Agency, Mr Anthony Whelan, Director of The Directorate‑General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology at the European Commission and Ms Daniela Genta, Chair of the ESOA Regulatory Working Group.
EUTELSAT IGO sends you its best wishes for the New Year 2019
Paris, 20 December 2018
Eutelsat S.A. is awarded the Better Satellite World Award for its support of the Crisis Connectivity Charter
London, Paris, 4 December 2018
The Space & Satellite Professionals International attributed this year’s Better Satellite World Award to the signatories to the Crisis Connectivity Charter, including Eutelsat S.A, for their commitment to support global disaster relief.
The Crisis Connectivity Charter was signed in late 2015 between the Global VSAT Forum, the EMEA Satellite Operators Association, the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Aid and the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) to help the humanitarian community by enhancing their access to vital satellite-based communications when local networks are affected, destroyed or overloaded following disasters. The Charter entered into its operational phase in May 2018 through the signature of contribution agreements with the United Nations World Food Programme, on behalf of the ETC. Other satellite operators that signed the Charter are Arabsat, Global Eagle, Hispasat, Inmarsat, Intelsat, SES, Thuraya and Yahsat,
In the context of the Charter, Eutelsat S.A. has committed pre-allocated bandwidth on four of its satellites across the globe, complemented on the ground by ready-to-deploy satellite kits, enabling emergency telecommunications services to be deployed in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas within 24 hours of a crisis. For further information, please refer to the official press release.
Photo credit: Eutelsat S.A.
ITU’s Plenipotentiary Conference gathers in Dubai for its 20th meeting
Dubai (United Arab Emirates), 29 October – 16 November 2018
Held every four years, the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference is the ITU’s highest decision-making body and key event at which ITU Member States build consensus on key international ICT issues. The 20th meeting of the Plenipotentiary Conference took place in the first half of November in Dubai. EUTELSAT IGO, accepted in 2003 as an Intergovernmental Organisation Operating Satellite Systems in the three sectors of the ITU, was represented by its Executive Secretary Mr Piotr Dmochowski-Lipski.
During the Conference, the ITU Member States reaffirmed their commitment to the common vision of a connected world, where information and communication technology is a source for good for everyone, everywhere. They approved the ITU’s Strategic and Financial Plan which sets the targets for 2020-2023, asserting the Organisation’s role in facilitating progress towards the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals through ICTs.
The representative of 193 Member States have also re-elected Houlin Zhao of China as ITU Secretary-General while Malcom Johnson of the United Kingdom was re-elected Deputy Secretary-General. Doreen Bogdan-Martin of the United States was elected Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau, Mario Maniewicz of Uruguay was elected Director of the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau and Chaesub Lee of Republic of Korea was re-elected Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau.
Mr Piotr Dmochowski-Lipski, the Executive Secretary of EUTELSAT IGO, said: “On behalf of the European Telecommunications Satellite Organization, I congratulate the Secretary General and the Deputy Secretary-General on their reappointments as well as all the reappointed or newly appointed directors. EUTELSAT IGO as a Sector Member will continue to support the important work of the ITU.”
ITU World Radiocommunication Seminar
Geneva, 3-4 December 2018
EUTELSAT IGO team participated this week in the World Radiocommunication Seminar (WRS) organised by the ITU in Geneva. Organised on a biannual basis, the WRS deals with use of the radio-frequency spectrum and the satellite orbits, and, in particular, with the application of the provisions of the ITU Radio Regulations. It goes without saying that it’s a highly interesting and instructive event. For further information, please refer to the official website
10th Tripartite Meeting among Intergovernmental Satellite Organisations
Paris, 26 October 2018
Mr Piotr Dmochowski-Lipski, Executive Secretary of EUTELSAT IGO, hosted the annual Tripartite Meeting of the Heads of the Intergovernmental Satellite Organisations. The meeting was attended by Mr Patrick Masambu, Director General of the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO) and Captain Moin Ahmed, Director General of the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO).
The Heads of the three organisations exchanged views on matters of common interests and concerns and reviewed the developments related to their organisations since the last Tripartite meeting held in 2017 in Washington. Given the proximity of the next meeting of the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference in October-November 2019 the discussions focused on ways and means to fostering a harmonised spectrum and for safeguarding the interest of the satellite industry in some key frequency bands.
The Heads of the three organisations also agreed that satellite based solutions are to be promoted for the benefit of mankind and in order for the world’s population to be provided with online access in the future. Mr Jean- François Bureau, Director of Institutional and International Affairs of Eutelsat S.A. was invited by to make a presentation on the company’s activities and on its collaboration with EUTELSAT IGO.
For further information, please refer to the Press Release.
Regional Commonwealth in the field of Communication (RCC)
Ashgabat (Turkmenistan), 9-10 October 2018
The Executive Secretary attended the 53rd session of the Board of the RCC Communications Administrations Heads, the supreme body of this international organisation established in 1991 in Moscow. EUTELSAT IGO holds Observer status in the RCC since 2014 along with seven other intergovernmental organisations and European and Central Asian countries.
The meeting of the RCC Board held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, concerned preparations for the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference scheduled for November 2018 in Dubai (UAE) and perspectives for the WRC-19 Conference scheduled for November 2019 in Sharm-el-Sheik (Egypt).
The RCC brings together twelve former Soviet republics, which are now independent states, with the aim of discussing the development and harmonisation of networks and communication facilities and management of radio-frequency spectrum. The RCC also cooperates with other international organisations as it has observer status in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Universal Postal Union (UPU).
EUTELSAT IGO invited to address the IMSO Assembly
London, 9 October 2018
Ms Estelle Schnitzler, Administrator of EUTELSAT IGO, addressed the 25th Assembly of the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO). Following speeches by Mr Zhao, Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union, Mr Lim, Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization, and Mr Sukawaty, Chairman of Inmarsat, Ms Schnitzler demonstrated the importance of satellite technology to furthering the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and to providing efficient solutions for development and natural disaster management.
Reference was also made to the preamble and guidelines of the Working Group on the Long-term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities adopted at the last meeting of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in June stating that “such a great collaborative achievement should be known to the international satellite community at large and reach the audience it deserves”.
The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development reaffirms its commitment to connect the world’s “other half”
New York, 22-23 September 2018
Held in conjunction with the UN General Assembly, the annual fall meeting of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development (BBCOM) took place in New York City under the Chairmanship of H.E. Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, and Mr Carlos Slim, President of the Carlos Slim Foundation. Mr Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General of the ITU, and Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, attended the meeting in their role of Co-Vice Chair of the Commission.
EUTELSAT IGO’s Executive Secretary Mr Piotr Dmochowski-Lipski, who was appointed Commissioner of the Broadband Commission in February 2018, attended the meeting together with Ms Estelle Schnitzler, EUTELSAT IGO’s Administrator and Head of External Relations.
As we’re reaching the milestone of half the world’s population online, the Commissioners discussed the critical role of broadband technology to connecting the 3.8 billion people around the globe who still do not have access to the Internet – the world’s “other half”. More than 60 participants also agreed that broadband can contribute significantly to accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Executive Secretary of EUTELSAT IGO Mr Piotr Dmochowski-Lipski said: “As a former refugee, I would like to add to the Broadband Commission’s brief the following issue: how to use broadband and other ITX means to help the millions of refugees, migrants, asylum seekers and other displaced persons over the world.”
Just a few days prior to this annual meeting, the Commission issued the 2018 edition of its flagship State of Broadband report (see below).
For further information, please refer to the official press release.
The State of Broadband Report 2018 is launched!
Durban, 11 September 2018
Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development released this year’s report entitled “The State Broadband: Broadband Catalysing Sustainable Development”. Highlighting the critical role that broadband connectivity plays for the world’s people, the Report sets 8 recommendations to boost broadband worldwide. It also features a joint contribution from EUTELSAT IGO and the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization on the importance of satellite broadband for connectivity.
Check out the new interactive version of the report by clicking on the image.
As already reported on our website, Mr Piotr Dmochowski-Lipski, the Executive Secretary of EUTELSAT IGO, was appointed Commissioner of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development in February 2018.
World Satellite Business Week
Paris, 10-14 September 2018
The Executive Secretary attended this annual symposium bringing together satellite constructors, launch agencies, operators, financers and insurers. This unique meeting place of the global satellite communications and information business affords a broad ovierview of current developments in the satellite industry. Further information is available on the event’s website here.
The Executive Secretary addresses ITSO’s Assembly of Parties
Washington, June 2018
The International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO) held the 38th meeting of its Assembly of Parties from 13 June to 15 June 2018 in Washington, D.C. The Director General of ITSO Mr Patrick Masambu invited the Executive Secretary of EUTELSAT IGO Mr Piotr Dmochowski-Lipski to deliver a short speech to the representatives of 89 ITSO member states who attended the meeting.
EUTELSAT IGO, ITSO and International Mobile Services Organization (IMSO) signed in 2009 a Tripartite Memorandum of Understanding. Ever since the Heads of the three intergovernmental satellite organisations meet annually to discuss issues of common interest.
Unispace+50 and 61st Session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space
Vienna, 18-26 June 2018
The EUTELSAT IGO team attended the UNISPACE+50 in Vienna to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first UN Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.
On this occasion, member states of COPUOS endorsed a resolution entitled “Fiftieth anniversary of the First United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space: space as a driver for sustainable development”. The resolution will be recommended for adoption at the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2018.
During the 61st session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) and in its position of Observer, the European Telecommunications Satellite Organization made a statement on the activities of the Organisation between June 2017-2018.
Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development holds its Spring Meeting in Kigali
Kigali (Rwanda), 6 & 7 May 2018
The Executive Secretary M. Piotr Dmochowski-Lipski, participated in the Spring Meeting of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development held in Kigali on 6-7 May 2018. 34 leaders from government, industry, international organisations and academia convened to advance concrete actions towards expanded broadband Internet access in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The meeting was hosted by the President of Rwanda, H.E. Mr Paul Kagame.
Appointed Commissioner of the Broadband Commission in February 2018, M. Dmochowski-Lipski participated for the first time at a Commission’s meeting. He took part in onsite sessions of four Broadband Commission Working Groups: Digital Entrepreneurship, Vulnerable Countries, Epidemic Preparedness, and Digital Health.
World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS)
Geneva, 19 & 20 March 2018
The Executive Secretary attended several sessions of the WSIS which is the world’s largest annual gathering of the ‘ICT for development’ community. Taking place in Geneva, the WSIS 2018 Forum is a global multi-stakeholder platform facilitating the implementation of the WSIS Action Lines for advancing sustainable development.
Meeting with Mr. Brahima Sanou, Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau of the ITU
Geneva, 20 February 2018
The Executive Secretary, Mr. Piotr Dmochowski-Lipski, and the Administrator, Ms. Estelle Schnitzler, of EUTELSAT IGO met today with the Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau of the International Telecommunication Union, Mr. Brahima Sanou at the headquarters of ITU in Geneva.
This official meeting of introduction was followed by presentations made by the Deputy to the Director and Chief of the Administration and Operations Coordination Department, Mr Yushi Torigoe, by the Chief of Infrastructure, enabling Environment and e-Application Department, Mr Kemal Huseinovic, by the Chief of Innovation and Partnership Department, Dr Eun-Ju Kim, by the Chief of Projects & Knowledge Management Department, Dr. Cosmas L. Zavazava and the Head of the ITU Office for Europe, Mr. Jaroslaw Ponder.
The quality of the information provided together with an open minded exchange of questions and answers created a very positive and fruitful atmosphere thus strengthening and enhancing the ongoing collaboration already enjoyed between EUTELSAT IGO and the ITU-D. Area of common interests was also explored with the aim of enhancing and promoting the importance of satellite technology as a key enabler for development at the ITU-D, European and global level.
More Space for more Europe
Brussels, 24 January 2018
10th Conference on European Space Policy, entitled “More Space for more Europe”, took place in Brussels on 23 and 24 January 2018. The Executive Secretary participated in this annual event which included round tables on topics such as the future space strategy for Europe, space as an asset for a more connected society, accessibility and safety of space operations and role of space for a strong EU.
Several speakers from the European Commission reiterated Brussels’ commitment to allocate funds to space-related programs in the upcoming budgetary framework. It was said, that in spite of financial, competitive and other challenges, Europe is poised to play even greater role in the exploration and exploitation of space.
40th Meeting of the EUTELSAT Advisory Committee
Since the last meeting of the Assembly of Parties in March 2017 and until its next ordinary meeting, the Advisory Committee of EUTELSAT is composed of representatives of the Parties of France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal and Switzerland, The Advisory Committee of the Assembly of Parties held its fortieth meeting on 8 December 2017, in Paris.
The Parties of Belgium and Turkey attended in the capacity of Observer. The Chairman of the 40th Assembly of Parties attended as a guest. The Committee appointed Dietmar Plesse of the Party of Germany as Chairman. The next meeting of the Advisory Committee will take place 6 April 2018 in Paris.
EUTELSAT IGO sends you its best wishes for the New Year 2018
Paris, 26 December 2018
Ninth Tripartite Meeting among Intergovernmental Satellite Organizations
Washington, 20 October 2017
The Executive Secretary Mr. Piotr Dmochowski-Lipski participated at the annual tripartite meeting of the Heads of EUTELSAT IGO, International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO) and International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO). Hosted this year by Mr. Patrick Masambu, Director General of ITSO, the meeting provided an opportunity to share the latest developments related to each organisation and to discuss future actions.
The Heads of the three organisations exchanged views on current topics including frequency spectrum, cyber security as well as raising awareness about satellite technology as a tool to connect the unconnected. They expressed their support and commitment to the UN efforts towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and in particular to the work of the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development. For further information, please refer to the Press Release.
ITU’s World Telecommunication Development Conference
Buenos Aires, 9 to 20 October 2017
The Executive Secretary participated in the World Telecommunication Development Conference 2017 organised by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The theme of this year’s conference was “Information and communications technologies (ICT) for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”. Following a two-week meeting programme including plenary sessions and numerous side events, almost 1,400 participants from more than 130 countries adopted the Buenos Aires Declaration and the Buenos Aires Action Plan. In so doing, they sent a strong message about the fundamental contribution of the ICT to the attainment of the SDGs, and thus to improving livelihoods around the world.
The Conference provided an opportunity for Mr. Piotr Dmochowski-Lipski, Executive Secretary of EUTELSAT IGO, to meet again with Mr. Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary General, and with Mr. Brahima Sanou, Director of ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau (in the photo here below with M. Dmochowski-Lipski).
Meeting with European Commissioner Mrs. Mariya Gabriel
Strasbourg, 3 October 2017
The Executive Secretary Mr. Piotr Dmochowski-Lipski introduced himself to European Commissioner Mrs. Mariya Gabriel in charge of Digital Economy and Society during a meeting which took place at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
Piotr Dmochowski-Lipski, the Executive Secretary of EUTELSAT IGO, meets Houlin Zhao, the Secretary-General of ITU
Geneva, 17 July 2017
The Executive Secretary of EUTELSAT IGO, Mr. Piotr Dmochowski-Lipski introduced himself to Mr. Houlin Zhao, the Secretary General of International Telecommunication Union (ITU) during a meeting which took place at the ITU headquarters in Geneva.
Mr. Dmochowski-Lipski reaffirmed the commitment of EUTELSAT IGO to continue to participate in activities of the ITU. He also emphasised EUTELSAT IGO’s ongoing support for the work of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development in its commitment to present and document the power of ICT and broadband-based technologies for sustainable development worldwide.