Mobile Satellite Users Association January 8,  2018
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MSUA Member Interview | Kevin West, CCO of COMSAT, Inc. 
Catherine A. Melquist

The new year is underway and so are my chats with MSUA members.  Focus this week is on Kevin West, CCO of COMSAT Inc., who gives his perspective on Puerto Rico, the changing marketplace for service providers and COMSAT -- comparing the old and new.  

Catherine: You returned to the newly formed COMSAT after beginning your satellite career there in 2007. How does the new COMSAT compare with the original?

Kevin:  I would start by saying that both organizations were and continue to be fantastic during their times in history.  The market has changed thus the need to change with the times.  I believe the COMSAT today is even more responsive to the market, offers a greater breadth of satellite solutions and continues to have the knowledge necessary to be successful. 

Catherine: What is the business focus of today’s COMSAT and how do you see the mobility market developing in the 1 – 3 years ahead?

Kevin: When I joined, the first thing I did was take a hard look at the vertical markets that we wanted to focus on.  We were always very strong in the aviation market from our legacy customers and our Satcom Direct focus so we began with a very good starting point.  From there, we developed a Special Programs Group that focuses specifically on the Special Op’s and INTEL markets and offering SATCOM in these communities.

We also put more effort into focusing on... (click here for rest of interview)

Thanks Kevin - Now on to Mobility News!  

                                 Moving Forward. Smarter Together.​​

Kevin West, Chief Commercial Officer, Comsat, Inc. 


MSUA Membership Committee Chair



MSUA's 2018 Satellite Mobility Awards Contest

Awards will be given to the top technical or service delivery innovations introduced to the market in 2017.  Categories include:
  • Top Aeronautical Satellite Mobility Innovation
  • Top Maritime Satellite Mobility Innovation
  • Top Government Satellite Mobility Innovation
  • Top Land Satellite Mobility Innovation
  • Top M2M/IOT Satellite Mobility Innovation
  • Company to Watch

To enter, send a one-page description of your innovation together with data and customer testimonials evidencing the impact it’s made on the mobility market to no later than February 16, 2018. You must be an MSUA member to apply!

MSUA’s 2018 Satellite Mobility  Innovation Awards Luncheon

  • Tuesday, March 13, 2018. 
  • Keynote Speaker: David Howgill, Founder and President of Huckworthy LLC - a consulting firm specializing in market development for company's with emerging technologies
  • Topic: Satellite Mobility and the 5G Opportunity
  • Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Cost:  $75 Members | $85 Non-Members
  • Register for the luncheon at the same time you register for SATELLITE 2018 conference and use code MSUA4SAT18 for 20% off the cost of your conference fees.  

For more information about the Mobile Satellite Users Association and how to join, please visit

LIMITED TIME OFFER - MSUA is offering complimentary tickets to the 2018 Mobility Innovation Awards Luncheon to companies that join MSUA from now until 31 January 2018. Two tickets ($150 value) will be given to each new corporate member and one ($75 value) for each new small business member.  Click join for new membership information!

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Be sure to catch the ...

Briefing | Mobile Connectivity 
Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 at 11:45am
Moderator:  Catherine A. Melquist, MSUA                                 President 

David Helfgott, CEO Phasor
Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, SVP Inmarsat      Government Services
Ric Vandermuelen, VPGM Government Satcom,  ViaSat
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