Northern Sky Research

V-band Satellite Markets

Published: November 2017

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As the satellite telecoms industry transitions from a world dominated by point-to-multipoint video services, to one that is more slanted towards data connectivity, spectrum increasingly becomes a precious resource. Verticals such as consumer broadband, 3G and 4G backhaul, and M2M/IoT will require huge volumes of capacity, and with C-band under continued attack, it is only natural to assume that operators will, at some point in the not-so-distant future, migrate to higher frequency bands.

In this industry-first study, NSR examines the respective benefits and drawbacks of V-band, the frequency band just above Ka-band, and one which is expected to become increasingly relevant for satellite operators, whether in GEO, MEO or LEO, over the course of the next decade and beyond. NSR’s V-band Satellite Markets Study answers key questions, including:

  • What are the benefits and drawbacks of V-band as compared to Ku-band or Ka-band capacity, from the perspective of the satellite operator, and the perspective of the end-user?
  • How will V-band enter the market, and during what timeframe will this occur?
  • Which regions are more likely and less likely to see V-band capacity launched over the coming decade and beyond, and for what reasons?
  • To what extent will V-band influence the development of Non-GEO-HTS business models?

With NSR having spoken to relevant parties in the market about V-band developmental plans, and having taken data from NSR’s existing research library on supply/demand for other frequency bands, NSR’s V-band Satellite Markets provides a comprehensive look at the future development of V-band.  In this first-of-its-kind study, NSR delves into the ins and outs of V-band from a technological, CAPEX, and capacity perspective, providing the reader with a thorough understanding of the benefits and drawbacks of this frequency, how its rollout will impact the industry, and over what timeframe this will occur.

The NSR Advantage

This NSR report offers coverage over and above the competition:

  • Industry-first analysis of V-band markets from a business and technological perspective
  • Detailed breakout of regional V-band gateway capacity, in both GEO and LEO orbits
  • Forecast supply from 2020-2030, with 5 regions examined in the study
  • V-band Satellite Markets sheds light on a new and upcoming frequency that will have repercussions on the satellite telecom industry in the medium-to-long-term

NSR’s V-band Satellite Markets provides coverage of V-band gateway capacity by region, including North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East & Africa, and Asia, with forecasts from 2020-2030. Given the potential for Non-GEO-HTS constellations in V-band, including an announced constellation plan by Boeing, NSR also conducted analysis of Non-GEO-HTS. With the practical implementation of V-band still beyond the horizon, NSR gives the reader a thorough understanding of the technical pros and cons of V-band for different use cases, and provide an understanding of the costs and benefits of this new frequency.

Primary Questions Addressed in this Report Include:

  • Why is V-band an appealing option for satellite operators, and in what instances will this be the case?
  • What is the timeframe during which we can expect V-band to enter the market, and how does this vary by region?
  • How will V-band revolutionize the LEO-HTS business model, and what will be the larger impact on the GEO industry?
  • What other “higher frequency bands” are being considered, and why?
  • What are some of the challenges that must be overcome in order to achieve V-band adoption?

Primary Elements of the Report Include:

  • Industry trend analysis including NSR’s qualitative assessment of each major market segment
  • PowerPoint file including insights and discussion on V-band technology and its uses
  • Includes Excel sheets with all key data, tables and charts

Executive Summary

1. V-band Introduction
  1.1 Technical Specifications
  1.2 Advantages/Disadvantages of V-band vis-à-vis Ka-band/Ku-band/C-band
  1.3 Possible Use Cases
  1.4 V-band Implementation Timeline by Region
  1.5 Bottom Line

2. V-band GEO Supply Forecasts for Gateway Beams
  2.1 North America Gateway Beam Supply
  2.2 Latin America Gateway Beam Supply
  2.3 Europe Gateway Beam Supply
  2.4 Middle East & Africa Gateway Beam Supply
  2.5 Asia Gateway Beam Supply
  2.6 GEO Supply Bottom Line

3. V-band Non-GEO Supply Forecasts for Gateway Beams
  3.1 North America Gateway Beam Supply
  3.2 Latin America Gateway Beam Supply
  3.3 Europe Gateway Beam Supply
  3.4 Middle East & Africa Gateway Beam Supply
  3.5 Asia gateway beam supply
  3.6 Non-GEO Supply Bottom Line

4. Scenario Analyses for V-band Usage

Appendix: Methodology