Satellite & Subsea

Working Groups


The purpose of the Satellite & Subsea Working Group (SSWG) is to encourage the participation of SAMENA Council's non-terrestrial operator members, particularly the satellite and the subsea system operators, to collaborate with terrestrial operators to deliver better 4G and timely 5G solutions.


To become the Council's knowledge-support and collaboration arm for bringing terrestrial, satellite, and submarine operators together, to help address common operator goals and growth opportunities, and to define specific business areas for the communications services and connectivity providers to work together.


Open to members from within the SAMENA Council membership. New members can join the SSWG. Participants should be senior within their organizations, carrying titles of “Head of / Director” at minimum.


SAMENA Council Management Team


The SSWG will collaborate to generate knowledge output in view of its members' need to produce effective results on areas of mutual importance, including business challenges and growth opportunities on the Connectivity & Capacity fronts. The group will insightfully communicate on imperatives for collaboration and tackle mutually faced challenges, such as spectrum rights and cable protection policies. The SSWG has the authority to react to industry developments and regulatory activities on behalf of the membership of SAMENA Council by responding to consultations or issuing public statements, which are to be approved by the Board of Directors.

Governance Model

  • 1

    The SSWG will sustain and monitor its own performance, and set its own agenda in view of challenges and priorities its members face.

  • 2

    The SSWG will assess all issues that fall in its domain, and issue its recommendations and positions, supporting SAMENA Council's overall strategic direction and ICT policy development needs.

  • 3

    It will achieve this with the internal participation of its members and externally, if and as applicable at its own discretion.

  • 4

    It will report its work directly to the Board of Directors for approvals and final direction.

  • 5

    The SSWG will also issue its recommendations to the CEO in the fulfillment of advocacy priorities relating to its priority areas.


The Board of Directors agreed not to appoint a WG Chairman. Instead, all Working Group Members have same-level standing within the Working Groups. SAMENA Council will coordinate and drive the activities of the Working Group as the Working Group Councilor, who will also be responsible to present to the Board of Directors of SAMENA Council the progress and the outcomes of the Working Group.

Meeting Schedule

The SSWG will conduct its communication activity via live meetings or teleconferencing, with a total of no less than four (4) meetings per year. The proposed meetings will be held quarterly. The schedule of meetings will be closely aligned with SAMENA Council and other key events to provide the opportunity to pick up on issues and outcomes of these events.