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Archive: October 2016 (X)

  • Over the past few weeks, we have seen top satellite executives seemingly coming to terms with the fact that lower prices are here to stay, and that the evolution of the satellite telecom business model from FSS towards HTS—at least in terms of the best growth opportunities—is well underway. While NSR does not dispute that video will remain a beacon for steady growth and long-term contracts in developing countries, and a bastion of stability in developed ones, we have noted for some time…

  • Five years ago when Skybox and Planet announced plans to image the Earth with unprecedented revisit, many observers wondered what data applications these new platforms would unlock. Back then, the industry standard in satellite Earth Observation (EO) was large satellites that provided high quality images at high prices for lucrative government and defense markets at relatively low revisit rates. Fast-forward to 2016, thanks to the emergence of Big Data analytics, the same people are left…