LTE over satellite could come to play a critical connectivity role for emerging global IoT and M2M networks. Northern Sky Research estimates there will be 5.8 million M2M and IoT connections via satellite globally by 2023.
Satellite capacity prices slid 18 percent over the past 12 months, with data services like backhaul and fixed broadband driving the steepest declines, according to Northern Sky Research. An abundance of cheap high-throughput satellite capacity is the most significant influencer of new pricing structures, rendering older satellites increasingly obsolete.
In regards to in-flight connectivity, Northern Sky Research’s Aeronautical SatCom Market’s 2017 report predicts that by the end of 2019, broadband VSAT (very small aperture terminal) connectivity will be installed on one out of every three commercial passenger aircraft, and will rise to two out of every three by the end of 2026.
NSR Senior Analyst, Alan Crisp’s M2M9 quoted in Satnews’ article ‘The Development of LTE for Satellite Finds Sequans Communications and Lockheed Martin Pairing Up’ – “According to industry analysts, satellite is a critical component of communications networks, including IoT and M2M networks, as the industry evolves to 4G, 5G and beyond.
The Canadian government will be the owner and operator for RCM (Radarsat Constellation Mission), and proudly highlighted it in a recent space strategy released for the Canadian Space Agency. But the business implications for MDA as well are important, said Dallas Kasaboski, a senior analyst at Northern Sky Research.