Satellite Communications

The FSS industry continues to move towards telecom/data markets, as wholesale revenues derived from video markets continue to erode.

Based on the latest market projections, wholesale capacity revenues from telecom applications will surpass video applications by 2021. The growth is largely supported by the influx of low cost capacity from new VHTS systems & NGSO broadband in the coming years. As a result, total capacity supply is projected to grow eight-fold from 1.3 Tbps in 2017 to nearly 10 Tbps by 2022.

Innovations in technology, services and in the ecosystem will make satellite connectivity relevant in the context of the communication sector of the 2020s, that will see the spread of terrestrial 5G and the rollout of a wider range of communication services, either between humans or driven by IoT exchanges.

The net growth in capacity usage in 2017 did not result in revenue growth as the FSS industry is still absorbing the impacts of the recent capacity price resets. Leased regular capacity decreased for the first time in more than a decade to around 6,920 TPEs in 2017. Growing requirements for video distribution, milsatcom and aero IFC are expected to mute regular capacity erosion until 2020.


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A Sample of Our Consulting Expertise

  • • Market assessment for Asia, the Middle East and Africa
  • • Commercial due diligence of an FSS operator in Latin America, Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe
  • • Extenal due diligence of a regional operator over Europe and Africa
  • • Critical review of the business plan for a new satellite over EMEA
  • • Independent assessment of a satellite project in Latin America
  • • Commercial due diligence of a teleport operator in the Middle East
  • • Commercial due diligence on a startup FSS operator for MEA and Asia
  • • Commercial due diligence for a new satellite over Asia
  • • Independent markets assessment of a startup satellite project
  • • Commercial due diligence of a regional FSS satellite system