Session 6 - The Role of Satellite in the Upcoming e-Europe
Mr. F. Sansone
Secretary General, European Satellite Operators Association
The European Satellite Operators Association –ESOA- is a non-profit organisation based in Brussels
representing the views of European satellite operators. ESOA aims at ensuring that satellite services
are a key component of the European Space Policy and represents the operators’ interests in key political,
regulatory and commercial forums both within Europe and internationally.
The key objectives of ESOA are to provide input into the development of a European space policy to both the
European Commission and European Space Agency, represent the views of European satellite operators in Europe
and around the world to help remove trade, regulatory and market access barriers facing them, actively support
satellite service providers by stimulating the increase of research and development funding in key technological
areas for future satellite communication services and promote the role of satellites in the European Commission’s
e-Europe broadband programme.
Satellite communications services are a key component in the future information society thanks to their offer of
ubiquitous / cross-border coverage complementary to terrestrial services. They are essential to bridge the geography
of the digital divide through wide democratic access to communications and can economically connect sparsely populated
areas and have a major role in accession candidate countries.
In particular, satellite communications have intrinsic advantages in certain key services, especially those
implying broadcasting and multicasting.
Mr. Fulvio Sansone is an electronic engineer and master of business administration with a decade long experience
in telecommunications and in particular satellite communications. He joined the European Satellite Operators
Association as Secretary General in May 2002, few months after the Association was formed.
Mr. Sansone currently also serves as Development Manager for ERTICO, a private public partnership for the implementation
He was previously Branch Manager of SAG-Abel Belgium, a subsidiary of the German RWE group, active in cellular networks
He gained a substantial experience in the satellite industry while working with SAIT-RadioHolland (now Zenitel) a Belgian
provider of wireless solutions, where his responsibilities included posts in the Business Development and Business Unit
Management and through an assignment in the Business Analysis Office at the European Space Agency.
Mr. Sansone started his career in the technical field with Ericsson, the well-known telecommunications company, and later
with Ansaldo Trasporti, an Italian company active in railway systems.
Mr. Sansone obtained a degree in Electrical Engineering at University of Naples and later on a Master of Business
Administration at CUOA Altavilla Vicentina. He lives in the Brussels area.