Finalists for 2023 Satellite Mobile Innovation Awards and Keynote Speaker Antonio Franchi Announced

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February 22, 2023 – McLean, VA – The Mobile Satellite Users Association (MSUA), a global not-for-profit focused on amplifying the voice of the millions of users of satellite services for mobile communication, navigation, and safety, announces the finalists for the 2023 Satellite Mobile Innovation Awards. The awards luncheon will feature keynote speaker Antonio Franchi who is Head of the 5G and 6G Strategic Program at the European Space Agency (ESA). The event will be held during the 2023 SATELLITE Conference in Washington, D.C.

“We are thrilled to announce the Finalists for the 2023 MSUA Satellite Mobile Innovation Awards. The breadth of solutions submitted during this year’s nomination period is awe-inspiring. The nominations included an impressive set of mobile use cases supporting users across commercial, government, enterprise, and consumer markets,” says Lisa Dreher, President, MSUA. “The distinguished judges panel are currently reviewing the finalists and the winners will be announced during the awards luncheon on March 14, 2023. I am also excited to announce our keynote speaker, Antonio Franchi from the ESA. His specific expertise at the intersection of satellite with cellular networks will provide valuable insights on where mobile connectivity is headed in the next decade and beyond,” continues Dreher.

“Our global satellite and space industry is in one of the most significant shifts in history,” says Antonio Franchi, Head of the 5G and 6G Strategic Program in the Telecommunications & Integrated Applications Directorate at the European Space Agency. “My keynote, Next Decade Mobile Connectivity – Where Satellite and Cellular Converge, will provide a view into the work we are doing at ESA to take mobile connectivity into the future. I look forward to celebrating this important annual program with all the attendees this year,” continues Franchi.

2023 MSUA Satellite Mobile Innovations Awards Finalists (in alphabetical order)

  • Astrocast
  • Blue Sky Network
  • Forsway
  • Globalsat Group
  • hiSky Ltd.
  • Inmarsat
  • Integrasys
  • Intelsat
  • Iridium Communications, Inc.
  • Kymeta Corporation
  • Mission Microwave Technologies, LLC
  • Omnispace
  • Ovzon
  • Speedcast
  • Square Peg Communications, Inc.
  • ST Engineering iDirect
  • Yahsat

The MSUA 2023 Satellite Mobile Innovations award categories include:

· Company to Watch
· 5G Hybrid Wireless Mobility Innovation
· Connected Mobile Platform Innovation
· Mobile User Experience Innovation
· Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Innovation
· Government Mobile Innovation
· Mobile Marketing Campaign Award
· New Space Mobile Innovation
· Startup Mobile Innovation
· Environment, Social, Governance (ESG) Impact Innovation
· Outstanding Leadership in Use of Mobile Solution
· Maritime Mobile Innovation
· Land Mobile Innovation
· Aerospace/Aviation Mobile Innovation

The 2023 judges panel includes Natalia Larrea Brito, U.S. Director, Euroconsult; Antonio Franchi, Head of 5G and 6G Strategic Program in the Telecommunications & Integrated Applications Directorate, European Space Agency (ESA); Brad Grady, Research Director, NSR, an Analysys Mason Company; Elias Naffah, Project Manager for Communications Services Program (CSP), NASA John Glenn Research Center (GRC); and Chris Quilty, Founder, Quilty Analytics.

Winners for the MSUA Satellite Mobile Innovation Awards will be announced at a luncheon (11:45 AM to 1:30 PM East) on March 14, 2023, in room 201 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. during SATELLITE 2023. Attendance is limited for the Satellite Mobile Innovation Awards. Advanced tickets and sponsorships are available via the registration form – Click here.