Working groups

ITU Working Group

The ITU Working Group works to protect and enhance the use of existing satellite spectrum bands, and develop new satellite bands. It focuses on preparatory work for World Radio Conferences (WRCs), implementing outcomes of previous WRCs, and technical studies on compatibility between satellite and other services. The group works in ITU-R Working Parties, regional groups, and national committees, ensuring consistency, coordination, and representation of industry positions across regional (CEPT/ATU/ASMG/RCC/APT/CITEL) and sub-regional meetings.

Chair : Patrick Van Niftrik, SES
Co-Chair : Paul Deedman, Inmarsat
Co-Chair: Álvaro de Vega, Hispasat

Network & Services Working Group

The Network & Services Working Group promotes and fosters a better understanding of the satellite communications industry and brings attention to issues of concern. It seeks to preserve and expand the role of satellites the global development agenda; evolve and promote the role of satellites in 5G and 6G; define narratives, positions, and activities for the Association around the various service areas of satellite operators and around matters of current political importance such as cyber security, space policy, and space sustainability.

Chair : Jennifer Manner, EchoStar
Co-Chair: Simon Watts, Avanti Communications

Regulatory Working Group

The Regulatory Working Group leads engagement with regulators, international and regional bodies and ensures a comprehensive and harmonious industry response to consultations across all regions. It works on regulatory issues facing the industry concerning spectrum, licensing, market access, electronic communications frameworks and any other issues that may affect satellite services.

Chair : Cecil Ameil, SES
Co-Chair : Mohaned Juwad, Intelsat


Standards Working Group

GSOA is the “Market Representation Partner” for the satellite sector in 3GPP where 5G standards are set. 3GPP works on numerous items concerning NTN (non-terrestrial networks). The Standards Working Group coordinates member positions and ensures that GSOA gives political weight to drive forward Study and Work Items in 3GPP that are important for the integration of satellite with terrestrial networks. The Standards Working Group also works on other satellite standardisation matters and engages with other stakeholders (such as NGMN, the Next Generation Mobile Network Operators Alliance) to support the evolution of satellite standards and/or NTN matters within 3GPP.

Chair : Munira Jaffar, EchoStar
Co-Chair: Simon Watts, Avanti Communications
Co-Chair: Jorge García Hospital, Hispasat

Technology Working Group

The Technology Working Group’s evaluation and promotions remit has a few principal facets for both ground and space segment of the satellite ecosystem. One of the core initiatives is the Mutual Recognition Arrangement Working Group (MRA-WG), a consensus-based framework to improve the efficiency of satellite operators’ terminals type-approval procedures. Using this framework, once a type approval is provided to a manufacturer by any one of the participating satellite operators, other operators may mutually recognise the results of the tests conducted, so that the tests aren’t repeated unnecessarily.

Co-Chair: Colin Robinson, GVF MRA
Co-Chair: Gavin Cox, Global Invacom Group


5G Expo World Series

The world leading enterprise technology conference series would like to introduce the 5G Expo World Series. Discover the real value of 5G. The 5G Expo World Series will explore the entire ecosystem and showcase the latest technology innovations and solutions. The World Series will include top level content and discussion covering topics such as 5G latency, network slicing, the enterprise value, collaborating 5G, IoT & Blockchain, Big Data & AI in 5G, and the future of cybersecurity with up and coming events in Silicon Valley, London and Amsterdam.

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Access Intelligence

Access Intelligence is a leading worldwide information and marketing company that provides unparalleled business intelligence and integrated marketing solutions to nearly a dozen key global market sectors. The product portfolio includes live events, podcasts, video, webinars, e-letters, data and digital products, webinars, social media, awards programs, paid subscription newsletters, show dailies, magazines, and e-media solutions.

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African Wireless Communications

Unlike many other business websites and publications, Southern & Northern African Wireless Communications and the website, offer independent editorial, tightly focused on the technologies and business of developing, maintaining and maximising the performance of wireless communications networks across all frequencies, throughout the region. They offer an invaluable reference tool for all those involved in the region’s wireless communications industries and networks.

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Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Council (APSCC)

APSCC is a non-profit international satellite communications association in the Asia Pacific region that works to promote communications and broadcasting via satellite as well as outer space activities for the socioeconomic and cultural welfare of the region. GSOA and APSCC collaborate regularly on the basis of a Memorandum of Understanding on global issues concerning spectrum and trade matters.

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Asian Wireless Communications

Unlike many other business websites and publications, Southern Asian Wireless Communications and website offer independent editorial, tightly focused on the technologies and business of developing, maintaining and maximising the performance of wireless communications networks across all frequencies, throughout the region. They offer an invaluable reference tool for all those involved in the region’s wireless communications industries and networks.

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The Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) is the trade association for the video industry and ecosystem in Asia Pacific. It serves to make the video industry stronger and healthier through promoting the common interests of its members. Understanding global trends in media, AVIA is focused specifically on addressing issues in the video markets of Asia.

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COMSYS is a specialised satellite communications consultancy company that was founded in 1982. COMSYS publishes the VSAT Report, known as the "Bible" of the industry and also performs a range of consultancy services in many areas of the telecommunications industry, but has concentrated its resources in the field of satellite technology and has developed expertise in business planning, regulatory, administrative, competitive and operational analysis. Apart from its VSAT-related analysis, COMSYS also provides a wide range of technical consulting services related to spacecraft and launchers – including satellite design, programme monitoring and legal support (including litigation).

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Connectivity Business News

Connectivity Business provides investors, senior corporate executives, and strategic advisors with forward-looking market intelligence on the critical strategic and financial issues impacting the global terrestrial and orbital connectivity infrastructure and services industry. The coverage includes telecommunications and satellite service providers, fibre networks and data centres, small cell and tower companies, technology and infrastructure equipment manufacturers, capital providers and investors in the public and private capital markets. Formed more than 25 years ago in London as SatelliteFinance and TelecomFinance, today Connectivity Business is one of the most respected sources for information and perspective on the global communications infrastructure industry.

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Electronic Communications Committee of the CEPT (ECC)

GSOA works with the ECC on the basis of a Memorandum of Understanding, attending their meetings regularly as an observer and participating actively as necessary from time to time.

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Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC)

GSOA is a standing invitee to the ETC which is an organisation established by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA). Most, if not all, GSOA members are active participants in deploying satellite solutions in crises zones around the world: satellites are the first telecommunications solution for such circumstances as they are portable and independent from terrestrial infrastructure.

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GSOA works with Eurisy (Association that includes most space agencies or governmental offices in charge of space affairs in Europe, and international organisations dealing with space matters) to ensure users know about essential services delivered from space to society.

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Euroconsult is a leading global consulting firm specializing in space and satellite markets. With over 30 years of experience, Euroconsult is trusted by 600 clients in over 50 countries. They rely on a multi-cultural team of over 30 full-time experts based in France, the United States, Canada and Japan, complemented by a network of senior affiliate consultants. Euroconsult’s activities are divided into four main business lines which complement each other: Consulting, Market Intelligence, Summits and Training.

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European Internet Forum (EIF)

GSOA is a Member of the European Internet Foundation (EIF).
EIF’s mission is to support Members of the European Parliament from all political groups in their efforts to shape policy and regulation responsive to the growing potential of the internet and new technologies.

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European Services Forum (ESF)

GSOA is an active member of the European Services Forum that promotes the trade interests of the broader services sector.

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European Space Agency (ESA)

The European Space Agency is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

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Eurospace represents the European satellite industrial base. GSOA represents Eurospace’s main customers and collaborates with Eurospace in front of policymakers on matters of common interest.

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International Telecommunications Union (ITU)

GSOA’s satellite operators obtain orbital slots and the right to use certain frequencies from the ITU, which works primarily on international frequency allocation and frequency coordination matters. In 2015, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between GSOA and the ITU to ensure a closer collaboration.

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Network of European Regions Using Space Technologies (NEREUS)

GSOA cooperates with Nereus to bring knowledge about satellite services such as broadband or emergency communications to European regions and support them in regional development activities.

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The vision of the NGMN Alliance is to provide impactful industry guidance to achieve innovative and affordable mobile telecommunication services for the end user with a particular focus on supporting 5G’s full implementation, Mastering the Route to Disaggregation, Sustainability and Green Networks, as well as 6G.

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The Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) is an entity of the Organization of American States established by the General Assembly. The member states of the Organization of American States (OAS) have undertaken to unite efforts to promote and achieve economic and social development with equity. They have also recognized the vital role of telecommunications as a tool to achieve that objective. Contributing to the region's economic and social development is the objective of all elements of the work of CITEL, whether it is coordinating the rules needed to facilitate infrastructure deployment and telecommunication service delivery; harmonization of the radio frequency spectrum to reduce the cost of providing wireless services; information and communication technology (ICT) training; or helping countries devise telecommunication development strategies.

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Satellite Evolution Group

The Satellite Evolution Group, a division of DS Air Limited, is one of the leading print and digital marketing platforms for the industry. For over sixteen years we have served the global satellite market with information key to this evolving sector. The portfolio including Satellite Evolution Asia, Satellite Evolution EMEA, NewSpace International, and Global Military Communications covers the entire spectrum of the industry from launch, ground segment and networks to space.

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Satellite Industry Association (SIA)

SIA is the North American association of satellite industry, representing American satellite operators, service providers, manufacturers, launch services providers, and ground equipment suppliers. GSOA works regularly with SIA on global issues concerning spectrum and trade matters.

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Satellite Markets & Research is a free online service providing subscribers with news analysis, industry forecasts and market intelligence, covering the key trends on the global satellite communications market. The service includes online access to the very latest insights and analysis, searchable archives, and PDF access to the monthly Satellite Executive Briefing magazine. Published by Synthesis Publications LLC, the global market specialists, has three distinct editions: Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and the Americas.

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Smart Africa

Smart Africa is an alliance of 32 African countries, international organisations and global private sector players tasked with Africa’s digital agenda. The alliance is empowered by a bold and innovative commitment by African Heads of State to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development on the continent and usher Africa into the knowledge economy through affordable access to broadband and the use of ICTs. With a vision to create a single digital market in Africa by 2030, the Smart Africa Alliance brings together Heads of State who seek to accelerate the digitalization of the continent and create a common market. Launched in 2013 by 7 African Heads of State, the Alliance now has 32 member countries, representing over 815 million people and over 40 Private Sector members committed to the vision and the advancement of Africa.

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Smarter Shows (Tarsus) Ltd

Smarter Shows is an exhibition and conference brand owner, delivering a portfolio of sector leading live events primarily in the aerospace, automotive and materials industries. The market leading brands and events includes the Space Tech Expo and Foam Expo series, Ceramics Expo, plus our newly launched Adhesives & Bonding Expo and niche conference events NetZeroBuild Summit and Future Vehicles NVH Summit.

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SpaceWatch.Global – a ThorGroup Brand

SpaceWatch.Global is a digital magazine and portal for those interested in space and the far-reaching impact that space developments have. While showcasing the technology that enables the industry to edge closer to the next frontier, SpaceWatch.Global also provides analysis, forecasts and insight into the geopolitical implications of space developments. SpaceWatch.Global is published by ThorGroup GmbH, headquartered in Bern, Switzerland. In the true Swiss spirit, neutrality, ethics and integrity are at our core. SpaceWatch.Global abides by the Society of Professional Journalists’ code of ethics; we seek truth and report it.

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TUYAD Association

TUYAD – Association of Telecommunication Satellite and Electronic Industrialists Business People İn Turkey. TUYAD, with the encouragement of the Ministry of Industry and Trade officials, was established in 2001 with the status of non-profit associations in Istanbul by 16 founding members as a result of the representatives of Electronic Industry organizations in Turkey and the electronic faculty members of our universities. By The world's most respected satellite operators, TV platforms, TV and satellite receiver manufacturers, infrastructure material manufacturers and service providers carry out international studies in order to increase the total quality in the sector.

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United Nations Operational Satellite Program (UNOSAT)

GSOA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UNOSAT to work together in identifying the appropriate satellite resources to optimise the deployment and use of satellite solutions for international development and emergency response.

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World Space Risk Forum

GSOA cooperates with the World Space Risk Forum (WSRF). WSRF is the largest specialist gathering of its kind, bringing together satellite operators, manufacturers, space agencies, risk managers, brokers, underwriters, lawyers and capital providers to network and learn more about the threats we face as an industry.

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Xona Partners

Xona services focus on two main areas: pre and post investment services that include M&A due diligence (business and technical), capital funding, investment advisory and full life-cycle management; and technology advisory services in the TMT space specifically in 5G/4G/broadband, mobile, over-the-top services, cloud and data centers. Xona has served satellite ecosystem players along different tracks. On the technical side, the company has been engaged in planning and architecture definition for virtualization technology (SDN/NFV) and cloud migration; and BSS/OSS. On the market side, Xona has been engaged on complementary aspects with terrestrial networks (business case, value proposition, market assessment).

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Governance & Team



Isabelle Mauro

Director General

Natalia Vicente

VP Public Affairs

Irina Petrov

VP MarCom & Membership

Peng Zhao

VP Policy & Regulatory

Who we are

GSOA is the global CEO-driven association representing the satellite industry

GSOA provides a platform for collaboration between companies involved in the satellite ecosystem globally and a unified voice for the sector. Our vision is to help policymakers improve the state of the world by continuously bridging digital, education, health, social, gender and economic divides across diverse geographies and across mature and developing economies.

GSOA is the only global non-profit association of the entire satellite ecosystem that brings members together and serves as the premier platform for worldwide collaboration. As the only CEO-driven satellite association in the world, GSOA takes the lead in addressing global challenges, seizing opportunities, and providing a unified voice for the satellite industry.
GSOA is widely recognised as the representative body for satellite operators by international, regional, and national entities, including regulators, policymakers, standards-setting organizations like 3GPP, as well as international organizations such as the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Using a minimal infrastructure that provides ubiquitous coverage, satellites serve millions of people in hundreds of countries, both in developed and emerging economies, without discrimination. The only requirements for a country to make use of satellite communications is the political will coupled with an appropriate regulatory and industrial environment.

In order to make full use of satellite communications, governments need to understand how satellite services can contribute to their policy objectives and how to regulate and deploy them. GSOA works through its leadership and expert working groups to foster this understanding. By engaging with governments, regulators, regional and other bodies, GSOA’s work contributes to achieving favourable political, regulatory and industrial frameworks that allow satellite communication services to play their rightful role in connecting the world.

Overall, satellite operators and their services represent two thirds of the entire space economy which is valued at 250 billion dollars in revenue. The satellite sector creates more than 900 000 direct jobs worldwide; it enables independent launch and defence capabilities and puts all world regions at the edge of innovative technology. Satellites are vital in cost-effectively bridging the Digital Divide for the ultimate benefit of people everywhere.

Become a member


Join the GSOA family to fully benefit from becoming part of the satellite industry unified voice. Whether you are a global company or a local entity, within GSOA you will have the opportunity to work together with the highest level of expertise to defend and protect the policy and regulatory needs of the industry. You will participate in all the Working Groups and Board meetings as well as in any activity organized.

Who can join?

If you want to be a Full Member, you need to be a satellite operator. We have 5 tiers depending on the size of the company based on its annual turnover.  If you are a company launching soon, the GSOA Board of Directors may still consider your application.

If you are not a satellite operator, you can join us as an Associate Member as long as you are a company involved with the satellite industry and support GSOA objectives.