Christian Von Der Ropp | Director And Co-Founder
ACCESS.SPACE Alliance | United States

Christian Von Der Ropp, Director And Co-Founder, ACCESS.SPACE Alliance

Christian is a managing director and co-founder of the ACCESS.SPACE Alliance, an industry body for the small satellite sector. In his voluntary role at A Human Right he advises on closing the digital divide and has been instrumental to land a transatlantic submarine cable on the remote South Atlantic island of St Helena and establishing satellite ground stations there.
He is specializing in submarine cables and non-geostationary satellite constellations and has collected expertise on the Middle East in multiple past roles including for a Bulgarian group working on the country‘s growing role as gateway towards the Middle East by establishing a new Internet Exchange in Sofia and commercializing a new geopolitically safe route connecting the Middle East to Europe via the Black Sea.
Christian has also acted as advisor in the field of ICT policy to authorities and politicians in Europe and overseas.


Telecoms World ME day 2 @ 11:40


    , submarine cables are a critical piece of the digital infrastructure puzzle. The industry is expanding rapidly – but not quickly enough to meet the demand for capacity. The Indian market is developing rapidly with 20 subsea cables and 19 landing stations, as is the Middle East which offers a unique opportunity. The Middle East region with 15 countries, has 14 countries landing 32 subsea cables complemented by six terrestrial cables with combined 105 cable landings. This panel will explore the driving forces behind the growth of submarine cables plus investment and partnership opportunities.

    Under the sea: the changing nature of subsea cables
  • Forecasting soaring bandwidth and its effect on the submarine cable industry
  • Leveraging existing resources, maximising investment and increasing revenues with CDNs
  • Enabling the reselling of infrastructure capacity to content providers, aggregators, broadcasters and OTTs
  • Ensuring sufficient streaming and storage capacity to tenants based on demand
  • Distributing content via servers in data centres to enhance the internet user experience
  • Exploring the possible investment opportunities and partnerships of the region and recent success stories
  • Consortium, private or hybrid models?
  • Raising concern over the vulnerability of subsea cables possibly resulting in increased government funding

Telecoms World ME day 2 @ 15:20

Taking subsea cables into the sky: laser communications by satellite

  • Eliminating cable vulnerabilities by laser links across atmosphere and orbit
  • Cutting latency by replacing fibre with air and unleashing the full speed of light
  • Discussing the capabilities and limitations of free-space optical communications
  • Exploring the advantages, disadvantages and causes for concern
last published: 15/Sep/19 09:15 GMT

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