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Archive: April 2017 (X)

  • Demystifying Satellite Big Data

    Apr 26th, 2017 by Claude Rousseau   More from this Analyst | Profile

    Data has been called the oil of the digital economy, and the power of Big Data analytics has rapidly caught up among various sectors of economic activity, including the satellite industry. Satellites are undoubtedly a source of Big Data, orbiting the Earth and generating petabytes of sensor data every day. However, the complexity of accessing and exploiting satellite data, combined with in-depth thematic knowledge, makes the satellite Big Data industry different from other Big Data…

  • The linear TV market, comprising DTH and Video Distribution, remains the greatest revenue driver of the satellite industry.  This will not change in the foreseeable future, although high growth rates of the past are more or less over. Seemingly perpetual growth is making way for longer term stability globally in terms of capacity leased.

    The 12,000 new channels NSR projects globally by 2026 will be dominated by growth in developing regions, most notably South American DTH with channel…

  • FPAs Place in the Blame Game

    Apr 20th, 2017 by Dallas Kasaboski   More from this Analyst | Profile

    About a year ago, NSR first wrote about flat panel antennas (FPAs), and their place among the seismic technological shifts occurring in the satcom ecosystem. The article discussed previous satellite industry failures due to expensive and inefficient terminals, and highlighted a troubling trend wherein satellite operators were simply pushing more bandwidth to market to compensate for what is seen as a roadblock to better end-user equipment performance.

    FPAs were touted as the HTS “White…