Euroconsult Honors Outstanding Achievement with 14th Annual Awards for Excellence in Satellite Communications

Industry pays tribute to winners at World Satellite Business Week in Paris

Paris, September 14, 2017 - Euroconsult, the leading global consulting firm specializing in space markets, announced the recipients of its 14th Annual Awards for Excellence in Satellite Communications on the occasion of the World Satellite Business Week, its annual senior executive event, the 21st edition of which took place in Paris from Sept. 11 to 15. These annual awards recognize companies and their management for their outstanding accomplishments in the satellite sector. Winners are chosen by a panel of industry experts from Euroconsult, SpaceNews, and SatelliteFinance who assess candidates using rigorous qualitative (Innovation, strategic decisions, impact) and quantitative (Financial performance indicators, such as EBITDA and revenue growth or subscriber growth) criteria.

This year’s award categories and winners are:

Strategic M&A Transaction of the Year
Speedcast, for its acquisition of Harris Caprock

Satellite Operator of the Year
ViaSat

Regional FSS Operator of the Year
Embratel Star One

Newcomer Operator of the Year
Bulgaria Sat

"The World Satellite Business Week brings together the leaders of the industry and plays an important role in defining its future shape. It is gratifying that Euroconsult and our fellow jurists are able to recognize these outstanding achievements and the significant impact they have had on this industry," said Pacôme Révillon, CEO of Euroconsult.

The distinguished winners share their thoughts

Strategic M&A Transaction of the Year
"On behalf of my Speedcast colleagues, we are honored to be recognized by Euroconsult’s Awards for Excellence in Satellite Communications. The acquisition of Harris CapRock has given Speedcast a leadership position in the energy sector, as well as in the fast-growing cruise market. Through this transformational acquisition, Speedcast has become the global leader in the industry, with a scale that enables the company to deliver world-class services and support in more than 100 countries. We look forward to continuing to provide top-tier service and support to our customers, and the opportunity to expand our reach even further."
- Pierre-Jean Beylier, CEO, Speedcast

Satellite Operator of the Year
“We are honored to be recognized with the ‘Satellite Operator of the Year’ award at this year’s World Satellite Business Week event. Receiving this recognition is a testament to the hard work and outstanding accomplishments ViaSat has achieved in the satellite sector. This award reinforces ViaSat’s commitment to transform satellite broadband communications – bringing affordable, accessible, high-quality internet to the world.”
- Mark Dankberg, Chairman and CEO, ViaSat

Regional FSS Operator of the Year
"Embratel Star One is very happy with this important recognition, reinforcing quality, differentiation and leadership in Latin America.”
- Gustavo Silbert, President of Embratel Star One

Newcomer Satellite Operator of the Year
“This award is a great honor for Bulgaria and Bulgaria Sat. We pioneered with the BulgariaSat-1 project 10 years ago and today we are proud to step up as a part of the European satellite operator family. BulgariaSat-1 opens the path for the development of the Bulgarian space and satellite industry, expanding the nation's reach and reinforcing our position as a satellite operator in Central and Eastern Europe, fueling our regional growth.”
- Bulgaria Sat, Maxim Zayakov, CEO


World Satellite Business Week
The World Satellite Business Week is the unique executive meeting place for the global satellite business. It comprises three sub-events, each catering for different vertical markets: Summit for Satellite Financing, Earth Observation Business and SmartPlane. The summit brings together over 130 top-level speakers and 1,000 senior executives from the fixed, mobile and broadband satellite industry, the satellite imagery and information community and the financial community. Top business leaders participate in this must-attend summit to discuss strategy, make deals and strike partnerships. www.satellite-business.com

About Euroconsult
Euroconsult is the leading global consulting firm specializing in space markets. As a privately-owned, fully independent firm, we provide first-class strategic consulting, develop comprehensive research and organize executive-level annual summits for the industry. With 30 years of experience, Euroconsult is trusted by over 600 clients in over 50 countries. Euroconsult is headquartered in Paris, with offices in Montreal, Washington, D.C., and permanent representation in Japan.

About SpaceNews
SpaceNews launched in 1989 as a weekly newspaper reporting on the business and politics of space, earning a reputation as the publication of record for the global space industry. More than 25 years later, our award-winning team of veteran journalists continues to provide trusted, timely coverage of a continuously evolving space industry for a growing audience of top decision-makers and key influencers around the world. In print and online, our unrivaled mix of news, commentary and analysis makes SpaceNews the leading source of information for space professionals on every major continent. www.spacenews.com

About SatelliteFinance
SatelliteFinance provides exclusive perspective and information on the critical business issues impacting the commercial satellite industry. We provide extensive global coverage of complex transactions in the private and public equity and debt capital markets, M&A, and corporate strategy. Our subscribers include CFOs, heads of corporate development, investment bankers, lawyers, consultants, and capital providers who rely on SatelliteFinance for insights on the critical financial and strategic aspects of the industry. A subscription includes the full online collection and archive, weekly email edition, and print edition. www.satellitefinance.com