High Throughput Satellites Expanding into New Markets to Reach $ 5.6 Billion by 2022

Satellite operators adopting diverging investment strategies to seize market growth

Paris, Montreal, Washington D.C., November 21, 2013 – According to Euroconsult’s new research report on High Throughput Satellites, 33 High Throughput Satellite (HTS) systems will be launched between 2014 and 2016, a record high compared to the total 31 HTS systems that were launched over the last decade. The growing popularity of HTS systems will bring the total cumulative investment to over $12 billion.

Despite the fact that HTS systems have become a global trend, satellite operators have employed a variety of system architectures, in terms of size, coverage, frequency band, platform access and payload flexibility. “HTS systems will not be a ‘one-size- fits-all’ solution but are designed to the meet the specific needs of the targeted vertical market,” said Nathan de Ruiter, Senior Consultant at Euroconsult.

As a result of the large investments made by satellite operators, global HTS capacity supply is projected to nearly triple over the next three years to reach 1,400 Gbps in 2016. However, HTS capacity available to a single end-user in a given vertical market will not increase to the same extent as the available beam capacity differs between HTS systems.

The multiplication of HTS systems over the coming years will unlock growth opportunities in all major market verticals with global demand for HTS capacity expected to grow from around 85 Gbps in 2013 to nearly 980 Gbps in 2022, a CAGR of more than 30% over the period.


  • The following trends have been found for major vertical markets:
  • Consumer Broadband will remain the largest vertical market representing nearly 60% of total HTS capacity usage in 2022.
  • Cellular Backhaul & Trunking and Civil Government & Enterprise Networks are growing at a similar pace of ~35% p.a. over 2013-2022, with demand driven by emerging regions.
  • HTS demand for Video Services is expected to grow to 46 Gbps in 2022, with the majority of traffic carried in North America and Europe.
  • HTS usage in Commercial Aviation, Commercial Maritime and Milsatcom should see a gradual take-up starting in 2014 after the launch of HTS systems designed to serve these markets.

“The need for HTS capacity is undeniably growing in a world that is more and more connected and increasingly data thirsty,” said de Ruiter. As a result, total revenues from HTS capacity usage are forecasted to grow to approximately $5.6 billion in 2022, generating over $33 billion in aggregate revenue between 2013 and 2022.

About the Report

High Throughput Satellites: The Quest for Market Fit is the first report on the market fully dedicated to the industry hot topic of HTS. The report reveals satellite operators’ varying investment strategies and provides unique insight on how these strategies fit with user requirements and market dynamics of seven vertical markets: Consumer Broadband, Civil Government & Enterprise Networks, Cellular Backhaul & Trunking, Commercial Maritime, Commercial Aviation, Milsatcom and Video Services.

About Euroconsult

Euroconsult is the leading global consulting firm specializing in space markets. As a privately-owned, fully independent firm, we provide first-class strategic consulting, develop comprehensive research and organize executive-level annual summits for the industry. With 30 years of experience, Euroconsult is trusted by over 560 clients in 50 countries. Euroconsult is headquartered in Paris, with offices in Montreal, Washington, D.C. and permanent representation in Japan. www.euroconsult-ec.com.

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