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Cécil Ameil

Cécil is the chair of the regulatory working group in ESOA.  In this capacity, he represents the satellite sector for the development of electronic communications regulation in Europe,

Cécil Ameil works for the satellite communications operator SES. He’s now responsible for SES regulatory affairs (policy advocacy and operational licensing) in Europe, Africa and Middle East.

Cecil looks back at more than 20 years of experience in dealing with regulatory affairs, specialised in ICT regulations for media and telecommunications. His dedicated expertise covers the supervision and impact of telecoms legislations and spectrum policies, in a context of

As an active member of the Global VSAT Forum (GVF), Cécilis also contributing to the coordination of the satellite sector’s efforts todefend access to and usage of essential radio spectrum at regional and ITU levels(including for WRCs).

Cécil Ameil joined SES in 1998 to represent theLuxembourg-based satellite operator on public affairs and regulatory matterswith the European Union (EU), the CEPT, the Council of Europe and the ITU,under the responsibility of the SES General Counsel.

A French national living in Belgium, Cécil is marriedand the father of 3 boys. He performs theatre and music as amateur

ESOA

ESOA is recognised as the world’s leading satellite association beingdriven by its board of CEOs of 20 global and regional satelliteoperators. Established in 2002, the non-profit association promotes the commoninterests of its members and leads a coordinated response to global challengesand opportunities for the commercial satellite communications sector. (Attachedyou can find 2 pages with more information about ESOA).

5G is intended to be a network of networks, an ecosystem that relies onmultiple technologies working in concert with each other to support new usecases for users and verticals that require ubiquity, resilience, security aswell as high-capacity and low latency. Fixed and wireless infrastructure allhave a role to play - satellite, Wi-Fi, small cells, traditional mobilewireless networks, and even new emerging networks such as WiGig. Satellites areparticularly important given their reach and coverage of entire countries andso they complement the more limited availability of terrestrial networks.

ESOAmembers are individually involved in various initiatives with differentverticals - some are new such as automotive and others build on existingrelations such as aero-connectivity and maritime. They are also involvedresearch and demonstration projects with terrestrial networks organised both bythe European Commission and the European Space Agency. Sat5G, Satis5 and5G-VINNI are a few examples of these projects. Ultimately, innovation andcollaboration that drives new user-centric services are key for ESOA membersand these motivations also drive the vision and activities of the association.

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