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Archive: April 2018 (X)

  • The state of play is clear: satellite capacity pricing continues to fall at an accelerated pace, and satellite operators are unable to generate sufficient additional demand, leading to revenue declines. Upcoming larger GEO-HTS systems, NGSO constellations and simply put, technology evolution, will continue driving prices down. In this context, (when) will demand elasticity reverse this downward trend in revenues? Cellular Backhaul offers a great opportunity with clear demand elasticity…

  • Much has been commented about the current state of the industry: capacity oversupply, declining capacity prices, a shift to service businesses to strengthen top-line revenue, partnerships with end-customers, and consolidation necessity to future-proof. After a careful study of the past few years, it is certain that most trends are true - reflecting operator strategies as 2017 financial results show. Though, less quantified is the effect on the FSS industry due to these unanticipated…

  • HAPs and Mishaps

    Apr 10th, 2018 by Siddharth Shihora   More from this Analyst | Profile

    Some of the best characteristics from airborne and satellite systems can be implemented into HAPs to provide a range of apps, but mishaps remain a challenge that operators and manufacturers need to overcome. Google Loon, Worldview Enterprises, and Raven Aerostar are the three most prominent names in the High-Altitude Balloons market, and they have demonstrated effectiveness of balloons across communications, remote-sensing, and adventure tourism applications. Google Loon succeeded in…