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June 13, 2019
NEW NSR Report: Satellite Operators to Generate $13.7 Billion in Data Revenues by 2028

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – NSR’s Global Satellite Capacity Supply and Demand, 16th Edition report, released today, confirms despite a challenging current climate for capacity sales, long-term projections are promising with revenues doubling over the next 10 years.  While video demand faces hurdles in all markets, data applications will drive the industry forward at a 6.8% CAGR as HTS capacity in both GEO and LEO/MEO orbits unlocks demand via exponentially more bandwidth and lower prices.  Many areas are still in the early days of HTS adoption, but it will progressively capture a larger portion of revenue. By 2028, 2 of every 3 capacity dollars will be generated on HTS vs. FSS capacity.

Video continues to be the industry cash cow. Even with continued declines due to the impact of compression and price degradation, video revenues are still critical for the health of the industry. However, a decline of $1.8 billion in video revenue by 2028 signifies a dire need to transition the satellite business into a more data-centric model where large volumes and low prices ignite growth.  This new HTS capacity also expands the total addressable market (TAM) for satcom where satellite solutions are increasingly more cost competitive.

“Although capacity pricing has declined across segments, applications like backhaul and maritime showcase the opening up of low pricing demand via elasticity, spurring growth across several regions in the world,” comments Gagan Agrawal, NSR Senior Analyst and report co-author.  As the industry shifts to services; video, especially C-band distribution, continues to decline quickly, due to spectrum issues and changing priorities. Stabilizing profitability via improving fleets and unlocking low-price demand remains absolutely critical for operators’ financial health.

“HTS is undoubtedly the key enabler for long term data growth; however, there is divergence in fleet strategies. Some invest in large VHTS payloads to minimize CAPEX/Mbps hoping demand will fill them rapidly. Others follow a step by step approach, launching smaller HTS payloads, anticipating rapid technology evolution to minimize cost per Mbps sold. Meanwhile, operators who currently have significant exposure to FSS try to balance profitable legacy customers, like video, with growth coming from data on hybrid FSS-HTS satellites,” states Lluc Palerm, NSR Senior Analyst and report co-author. Business models need to adapt. From investing in ground segment to offering managed services, to co-investing with MNOs for accelerated rural deployments or participating in subscriber acquisition; operators need to take bigger responsibilities stimulating demand.

About the Report
NSR’s Global Satellite Capacity Supply & Demand, 16th Edition report is the industry’s most thorough study of the satellite telecommunications market from a supply and demand perspective. With highly detailed forecasts across eight separate applications in each of seven different types of capacity (C-band, Ku-band, widebeam Ka-band, HTS C-band, HTS Ku-band, HTS Ka-band, Non-GEO HTS) for thirteen regions. With over 1,000 tables and charts within the client Excel data sheets, as well as qualitative analysis explaining the context of the data within the PowerPoint, the report provides the most comprehensive and detailed data and analysis available to the industry. The study includes a CSV file of all relevant data (over 30,000 data points) organized into different variables, for easy input of data into client data analytical software. NSR led the industry in introducing the assessment and forecasting of commercial services using High Throughput Satellite (HTS) and Non GEO-High Throughput Satellites (Non-GEO-HTS) capacity as well as being one of the first to make specific projections for growth in UltraHD channels within the video distribution and DTH markets.  For additional information on this report, including a full table of content, list of exhibits, and executive summary, please visit or call NSR at +1-617-674-7743.

About NSR
NSR is the leading global market research and consulting firm focused on the satellite and space sectors. NSR’s global team, unparalleled coverage and anticipation of trends with a higher degree of confidence and precision than the competition is the cornerstone of all NSR offerings.  First to market coverage and a transparent, dependable approach sets NSR apart as the key provider of critical insight to the satellite and space industries.  Contact us at to discuss how we can assist your business.

Companies and Organizations Mentioned in the Report
Intelsat, SES, Eutelsat, Telesat, OneWeb, SpaceX, Amazon, O3b, LeoSat, EchoStar, ViaSat, Inmarsat, Hispasat, Star One, Arsat, Telenor, Avanti Communications, RSCC, Gazprom Space Systems, Spacecom, ArabSat, YahSat, NileSat, Es’hailsat, Nigcomsat, ABS, China Satcom, AsiaSat, APT Satellite, SKY Perfect JSAT, Thaicom, KT Sat, Antrix / ISRO, MEASAT,  NBN, PT Telkom, PT Indosat, SingTel Optus and Kacific.

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