Paris, France: Euroconsult, the leading global research and analyst firm specialising in the satellite sector, announced the winners of its 7th Annual Awards for Excellence in Satellite Management. According to Euroconsult, these awards are the highest tribute in the satellite sector awarded to leaders and their companies for outstanding achievement in several categories. They are presented each September in Paris at the World Satellite Business Week, the industry’s premiere senior executive event, now in its 14th year.
A jury of industry experts from Euroconsult, Space News and SatelliteFinance uses various quantitative and qualitative standards to determine the winning companies. This year, the award categories and winners are:
Global Satellite Operator of the Year – Telesat
Strategic Transaction of the Year – Viasat
Regional Satellite Operator of the Year – Arabsat
Broadband Satellite Operator of the Year – Hughes Communications
Earth Observation Operator of the Year – GeoEye
“The Euroconsult awards recognise companies and their leaders who, through their vision, innovation or performance have had an unusually major impact on the satellite industry in the past year,” said Pacôme Revillon, CEO, Euroconsult.
The winners were all praise for the awards:
Dan Goldberg, President & CEO, Telesat, said, “This award is a fitting tribute to the collective expertise and hard work of the Telesat team, and reflects strength in the markets we serve and the confidence our customers have in Telesat. Given the significant investments we are making in our satellite fleet, I’m confident we will continue to experience strong growth in the years ahead.”
Mark Dankberg, CEO, Viasat, said, “We believe that integrating ViaSat’s breakthrough space and ground technologies with WildBlue’s operational expertise will help re-position satellite broadband services not only in the United States, but also on a global basis.”
Khalid Balkeyour, President & CEO, Arabsat, said, “2010 has been a great year for Arabsat with the launch of two new satellites and start of commercial operations. We look forward to pursuing our strategic plans and maintaining our leadership in the region.”
Pradman Kaul, President & CEO, Hughes Communications Inc (HUGHES), said, “These are exciting times for Hughes, as evidenced by our leadership across the spectrum of broadband satellite services and technologies.”
Matt O’Connell, President & CEO, GeoEye, said, “Our vision is to be the world’s best source for location information and insight, so we’re honoured to receive Euroconsult’s prestigious award.”