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Polar Satellite Markets, 2nd Edition

Coming: May 2017

Available Licenses:

  • Standard: $4,295  
  • Enterprise: $8,295

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NSR delivers clarity and critical market insight.

Expanding upon the previous edition, NSR’s Polar Satellite Markets, 2nd Edition takes an in-depth look at the opportunities that new innovations in the industry offer, such as LEO-HTS constellations, putting Arctic and Antarctic connectivity back on the map.

This industry benchmark report provides readers with the most comprehensive picture of the Polar markets to date. With more segmentations than ever before, NSR’s Polar Satellite Markets, 2nd Edition includes a new split of supply and demand into Arctic and Antarctic regions, as well as data segmented by application, vertical and frequency band.

While there are many technical and geographical challenges for satellite operators before dedicating new capacity to these regions, new access technologies in the medium term will provide enhanced opportunities to serve a broad range of customers in the Arctic, as well as Antarctic regions.

Polar Satellite Markets, 2nd Edition offers deep insight for decision makers, service providers, equipment manufacturers and vendors to create long-term business strategies, and anticipate future market developments with higher risk investment, but also the potential for sizable rewards.

This report answers key questions concerning Polar markets:

  • How will usage demand shift over time across 12 applications?
  • Where is the greatest level of latent demand in connectivity, and what will result when additional supply becomes available?
  • What is the best way to serve demand coming from the Antarctic?
  • How would potential satellite constellations affect the current and future supply dynamic in the Arctic?
  • How underserved are the broadband markets in far north regions?
  • What are the revenue prospects for each vertical and application?


The study is a valuable resource that:

  • Analyzes what impact upcoming LEO-HTS constellations will have on Polar regions
  • Provides insights as to the current and future demand opportunities that lie in the Arctic and Antarctic
  • Identifies the impact that growing terrestrial networks will have on satellite demand

Key assessments undertaken include:

  • Metrics that show possible migration and evolution of the solution mix
  • Analysis of the extent of pricing premiums that can be offered in Polar regions
  • Analysis of operators with present supply in the Arctic

NSR’s Polar Report Data Segmentation

The NSR Advantage

This NSR report offers coverage over and above the competition:

  • NSR’s Polar Satellite Markets, 2nd Edition, provides an updated analysis of the Arctic and Antarctic regions, covering 12 distinct market segments and verticals across 5 frequency bands. There is no other report providing such granular data into this unique and challenging market, across a 10-year forecast period.
  • This unbiased report identifies the key trends in the Polar regions, providing an assessment of where the current market lies and the future growth trajectory moving forward. The report builds upon NSR’s existing databases and expertise, including market driven elements, serving to assess real market potential, and outlines what is required for market change.

Who Should Purchase the Report:

  • Satellite Service Providers
  • Satellite Operators
  • Satellite Equipment Manufacturers and Integrators
  • Technology Companies
  • Anyone with an Interest in Future Satellite-Based Market Opportunities in the Polar Region

Executive Summary

1. Introduction and Overview
1.1. GEO Overall Market Analysis
1.2. Non-GEO HTS Overall Market Analysis
1.3. FSS Supply
1.4. GEO-HTS Supply
1.5. Non-GEO HTS Supply
1.6. North Pole (North American Overlap)
1.7. North Pole (Atlantic Ocean Overlap)
1.8. North Pole (Europe Overlap)
1.9. South Pole
1.10. C-Band Transponder Price Estimates
1.11. Ku-Band Transponder Price Estimates
1.12. Widebeam Ka-band Bandwidth Price Estimates
1.13. GEO-HTS Bandwidth Price Estimates
1.14. Non-GEO HTS Bandwidth Price Estimates

2. Satellite Operator Analysis
2.1. Telesat
2.2. RSCC
2.3. Telenor
2.4. Iridium
2.5. LEO-HTS Opportunities

3. Wireless Backhaul & IP Trunking
3.1. Market Trends
3.2. In-service Units
3.3. Bandwidth Demand
3.4. Revenue Forecasts
3.5. Price Trends
3.6. Antarctic Demand and Opportunities
3.7. Bottom Line

4. Broadband Access & VSATs
4.1. Market Trends
4.2. In-service Units
4.3. Bandwidth Demand
4.4. Revenue Forecasts
4.5. Price Trends
4.6. Antarctic Demand and Opportunities
4.7. Bottom Line

5. Legacy Telephony & Carrier
5.1. Market Trends
5.2. Capacity Demand
5.3. Revenue Forecasts
5.4. Price Trends
5.5. Antarctic Demand and Opportunities
5.6. Bottom Line

6. Government / Military
6.1. Market Trends
6.2. In-service Units
6.3. Bandwidth Demand
6.4. Revenue Forecasts
6.5. Price Trends
6.6. Antarctic Demand and Opportunities
6.7. Bottom Line

7. Commercial Mobility (Land Mobile, Aero, Maritime)
7.1. Market Trends
7.2. In-service Units
7.3. Bandwidth Demand
7.4. Revenue Forecasts
7.5. Price Trends
7.6. Antarctic Demand and Opportunities
7.7. Bottom Line

8. M2M/IoT
8.1. Market Trends
8.2. In-service Units
8.3. ARPU
8.4. Capacity Demand
8.5. Revenue Forecasts
8.6. Antarctic Demand and Opportunities
8.7. Bottom Line

9. Energy (Utilities, Mining, Oil & Gas)
9.1. Market Trends
9.2. In-service Units
9.3. ARPU
9.4. Capacity Demand
9.5. Revenue Forecasts
9.6. Antarctic Demand and Opportunities
9.7. Bottom Line

10. Video Markets
10.1. Market Trends
10.2. Total Video Markets Capacity Demand
10.3. Total Video Markets Revenues
10.4. Video Distribution Capacity Leased and Revenue Forecasts
10.5. Video Distribution Revenue Forecasts
10.6. DTH Capacity Leased and Revenue Forecasts
10.7. Contribution Feeds
10.8. Contribution Capacity Leased and Revenue Forecasts
10.9. Antarctic Demand and Opportunities
10.10. Bottom Line

Appendix - Methodology