Forecast: US$6.9B in new revenues by 2021
“The Ku- band market will continue to be the main growth engine for the commercial satellite market for the coming ten years”, notes Patrick M. French, NSR senior analyst and author of the report. “The direct- tohome (DTH) TV market alone could add US$1.4 billion in net new revenues by 2021 out of US$4.3 billion expected in total for the Kuband segment. Solid Ku-band revenue gains are also expected from the video distribution, enterprise data, commercial mobility and government and military verticals.” One major finding in the report was that the commercial satellite industry is finally beginning to fully grasp the significance of High Throughput Satellites (HTS) and the potential to drive new growth in other market verticals beyond satellite broadband access services. The combined HTS markets could add almost US$1.9 billion in net new revenues to the industry in the coming ten years, which is the second biggest gain after the Kuband market. “The widebeam Ka- band market, especially for the government and military segment in the Middle East, is also beginning to get some real traction for the industry even if total revenue growth is expected to be substantially smaller that the Ku- band or HTS side of the business,” said French. The only cloud on the horizon, as identified by NSR, was the potential for weakening C-band backhaul demand after 2015 should the industry begin to rapidly migrate to the use of HTS and O3b capacity for data-intensive 3G and 4G backhaul. The Global Assessment of Satellite Supply and Demand ~ 9th Edition report, provides data and analysis from the global trends to detailed and granular assessments of supply and demand for eight separate applications, in each of four different types of capacity: C-band, Ku-band, widebeam Ka-band, HTS; for twelve individual regions.