NSR’s latest report, Satellite Capacity Pricing Index, 6th Edition (2020), finds capacity pricing declines decelerating in 2020, with the global mean price index declining by ~13% in Q1 2020, in contrast to ~17% in Q1 2019.
NSR believes the industry is changing and ultimately, we will get to a point where the satellite industry can take a larger share of the telecom pie. “Existing prices and cost structures have relegated us to niche markets. They say the bottom line is that these Satcom billionaires are investing heavily in innovation and turning.
“They (the Space Force) are trying to get people behind the Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) satellites and commercial satcom thinking about the same things, in the same timeline, and in the same manner,”.
With more data being created and circulated than ever before, Optical Wireless Communication (OWC) technology is emerging to serve the demand for higher data rates and lower latency, acting as an alternative or complementary to RF.
With recent declines in satellite capacity pricing, Satellite Backhaul became a real alternative for MNO rural deployments. However, CAPEX involved in the cell tower, primarily designed for urban areas with a dense distribution of subscribers, limited the market opportunity to relatively large population agglomerations.