Antonio Arcidiacono

Antonio Arcidiacono

Director of Innovation at Eutelsat


Antonio ARCIDIACONO is the Director of Innovation at Eutelsat. He is member of the Eutelsat Management Committee.

He has a Doctorate in Electronic & Telecommunications Engineering (1985) from the University of Pisa, Italy. He worked for SELENIA SPAZIO (Italy), TELESPAZIO (Italy) and at the EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY(ESA) in Paris.

He has worked for the European Telecommunications Satellite Organization (EUTELSAT) since April 1990. He was responsible for the launch of the Eutelsat Digital TV offer, launching the first DVB bouquet in Europe in 1995. This development has brought today Eutelsat to the distribution of more than 4000 digital TV channels. In January 1996, he then became Eutelsat’s Head of Multimedia Services Unit.

Today leads, as Director of Innovation, a team of highly qualified professionals. He is also responsible of the S-band project in the framework of the Eutelsat/SES Astra S-band initiative. He was also the instigator for the creation of the EUTELSAT Multimedia Platform (EMP) initiative, then launched the OPENSKY service offer.

Founding member of the DVB project, he is member of the DVB Steering Board since 1993 when the Digital Video Broadcasting Project was first set up.

He was at the origin of the idea of convergence between DVB and IP services and was Chairman of the DVB Data Broadcasting Group that defined the DVB-MPE standard, today the de facto standard for the provision of IP broadcasting services. More recently he has chaired the DVB SH Commercial group at the origin of the DVB SH standard.

He has published more than 100 papers and technical reviews at international conferences and holds several patents.