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Placido Consulting proudly supports Northern Sky Research (NSR) in producing industry-valued research studies and consulting projects.

We are proud to have worked with highly regarded companies and professionals who are pleased with the quality of our work. But don’t take our word for it! Hear what they have to say:

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Orbital Gateway – Strategy & Trend Analysis

Orbital Gateway – Strategy & Trend Analysis

“I am happy to recommend Carlos Placido as a trusted and proven consultant, with a combination of skills, experience and passion that is unique and highly effective. 

As former NSR colleagues, I had the opportunity to work with Carlos on strategic consulting projects and was consistently impressed by his knowledge and by how accurately he can paint the future. Carlos has the ability to understand market and technology forces and to anticipate industry shifts or disruptions well ahead they become visible to others, making his analytical work very valuable for companies strategizing on emerging opportunities. 

Several of his predictions on industry shifts have proven to be correct. Such predictions have –indeed- been well documented for 12 years in articles posted on specialized magazines and are still publicly available; such as when Carlos was interviewed by Via Satellite magazine on the future of DTH and he mentioned that DirecTV and others could become part of someone else’s business given lack of triple-play independence. DirecTV was acquired by AT&T years later. Similarly, he described a peer-to-peer startup company called Octoshape as “Akamai at the edge” and Akamai acquired Octoshape 6 years later. His anticipations on IPTV, mobile TV social networks and other aspects of our industry are also documented. More recently he has shared his vision on the evolution of satellite communications on aspects like HTS business models, network virtualization and satcom ecosystems that, given his record, could also prove to be correct over time. 

As a great example of Carlos’ foresight and analytical skills, below is a link to an outstanding article he authored, which touches on so many diverse points, and does so in a very eloquent, and also highly efficient way. The foresight and the bringing together of many diverse topics is impressive. Overall, a really excellent, and indeed still very relevant piece 10 years later!

Finally, on a personal level, Carlos has always been easy to work with. He works hard, always provides more than what was asked for, and is a great mentor to younger analysts. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Carlos for anyone looking to gain deeper insights on the satellite telecoms space.”

The End of the Platform Wars as We Know it

Blaine Curcio; Founder at Orbital Gateway Consulting – Hong Kong University of Science & Technology MBA

NSR – Market Research

NSR – Market Research

“I have worked with Carlos for about two years. From the very beginning, I have been impressed with Carlos’ in-depth knowledge in satellite encoding and modulation technologies for advanced video networks, IP networks and services as well as developments in growing areas like IPTV, business networking and various consumer and voice IP services over satellite. More importantly, Carlos has the ability to step beyond the technologies to understand the overall market trends that are driving satellite applications in these areas and to foresee convergence both on the technology and business levels of the industry. Carlos is also well connected into the Latin American satellite sector and has been a valuable resource for me personally and NSR as a whole when it comes to insights into the specific players in the region and for his personal contacts among those same companies. Overall Carlos has been an excellent addition to the NSR team and I continue to look forward to working with him and count on his opinions and views on developments within the satellite industry.”

Patrick French, Senior Analyst, Northern Sky Research

Berlocher & Company – Analysis

Berlocher & Company – Analysis

“I had the pleasure of working with Carlos on an article I wrote for Via Satellite magazine which reviewed how satellite players will compete with terrestrial service providers in the video on demand market. Carlos is a subject matter expert in this field and I found his analysis of the market, market opportunities, and major players to be highly accurate. It is obvious that he had dedicated significant time studying and analyzing this market. It was a pleasure dealing with Carlos as he is a great listener and answered questions openly and honestly.”

Greg Berlocher, Principal, Berlocher & Company

NSR – Market Research

NSR – Market Research

“Carlos Placido performed quite successfully for NSR during his writing of our recently released IPTV via Satellite, 2nd Edition report. Carlos is well versed in the nuances of the satellite IPTV market and was able to efficiently and effectively produce a high quality research piece for NSR. We were therefore very satisfied with Carlos’s efforts and look forward to working with him on more reports and projects in the future.”

Christopher Baugh, President, Northern Sky Research

Avail Media – Analysis

Avail Media – Analysis

“My time that I have both worked with Carlos at the same company and within the same aspect of the industry, I have been consistently impressed with his knowledge and ability to think progressively. He works well with others, and takes responsibility for his ideas and actions. He is an excellent resource that can be a true asset for any company.”

Jon Romm, COO, Avail Media

Verimatrix – Product Management

Verimatrix – Product Management

“I’ve known Carlos since way back at the Intelsat days and he is a professional that can always be trusted to deliver quality work. His knowledge of the satellite industry is unparalleled together with a knack for putting his thoughts in writing so that people can share in his vision. Highly recommended to anybody needing sharp analytical skills, solid satellite industry knowledge – plus that he is real pleasure to deal with.”

Bo Ferm, Director of Product Management, Verimatrix, Inc.