The last few years have seen increased optical activity as network operators look to new technologies as an emerging alternative to RF.
Northern Sky Research predicts the suborbital and orbital tourism market could be worth as much as $14 billion in revenue worldwide by 2028.
With backhaul networks rapidly transitioning to 4G and the installed base continuously expanding, Mobile Backhaul via Satellite offers sizable opportunities in all regions. Smallcells will play an increasingly important role in this growth, as lower costs expand the addressable market to areas previously uncovered due to industry cost metrics.
In SpaceNews article “Geostationary satellite orders bouncing back”, NSR analyst Shagun Sachdeva said she expects the manufacturer-turned-owner trend to continue, albeit modestly. “As the operators’ priorities vary between cost, asset ownership, flexibility and throughput, there are limitations to how much market this trend will capture,” she said.
As technology development accelerates at an ever-increasing speed, reaching new milestones that will arguably lead to putting commercial tourists in space this year, governments across the world are considering strategic long-term plans to establish a lasting human presence off-Earth