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The capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, is getting ready for one of the largest hybrid events: Connecting the World from the Skies. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) will host, in cooperation with the Saudi Space Commission, the forum that will be held at the commission’s headquarters on November 8–10, 2022.

In light of the Kingdom’s futurist vision and projects, this event will provide an in-person and online networking opportunity for industry pioneers and tech and space giants. The attendees will include public and private sector executives, in addition to researchers and ICT innovators. Participants will discuss the status of airborne and spaceborne wireless networks and radio communication and will look into the importance of tech solutions and pertinent policies.

The forum will feature the participation of renowned local and international speakers, namely: H.E. Abdullah Alswaha, minister of communications and information technology, Saudi Arabia and chairman, CITC & Saudi Space Commission; H.E. Mohammed Altamimi, governor, CITC; Mario Maniewicz, director, BR, ITU, Gilles Bregant, CEO and director general, ANFR France; Philip Marnick, general director, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), Bahrain; Sunil Bharti Mittal, chairman, OneWeb; Rajeev Suri, CEO, Inmarsat and chair, GSOA; Lacina Koné, director general / CEO, Smart Africa Alliance; Greg Wyler, founder and chairman, E-Space; Greg Ewert, vice president, strategy and business development, Intelsat and vice president, HAPS Alliance; Theodore Rappaport, founder and director, NYU Wireless; Ram Viswanathan, president and CEO, Omnispace; Neil Masterson, CEO, OneWeb; Steve Collar, CEO, SES; Charles Miller, CEO, Lynk; Mark Dankberg, chairman of the board and CEO, Viasat; Roger Tong, CEO, AsiaSat and vice-chair, GSOA; and Samer Halawi, chief executive officer, Airbus HAPS Connectivity Solutions.

Keynote presentations, moderated panel discussions and technology demonstrations will showcase a variety of topics and technological solutions. In addition, tutorials about both the technical aspects and non-technical impacts of these technologies will be held during the forum.

Key themes will include: connecting the unconnected; orbital debris and space sustainability; dark and quiet skies policy; space, terrestrial and future integrated connectivity; open and regulated skies; and the road to 6G through the skies.

For more information, visit: https://connectingfromtheskies.com/

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