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FSS Satellite Capacity Flatlines While HTS Growth is in Full Swing

New NSR Report Finds Industry in Transition with $7 Billion in HTS Revenue Growth Making Up for $1.3 Billion FSS Loss


Cambridge, MA – July 11, 2016 – NSR’s Global Satellite Capacity Supply & Demand, 13th Edition, released today, finds a satellite industry in the midst of a sea of change, with choppy waters threatening to overturn operators sticking to the status quo. However, blue oceans do offer billion-dollar opportunities for those able to successfully change with the times. The widebeam capacity and dozens of transponder-satellites of yesteryear face enormous pricing pressures across a number of verticals, with NSR forecasting widebeam revenues to drop by over $1.25 billion from 2015 to 2025. Alternatively, HTS capacity creates a renaissance of sorts for the satellite industry, with over $7 billion in new revenues paving a growth path for operators able to pivot towards new business models and new ways of selling capacity.

As macro factors, such as TV viewing habits, data consumption, and Internet penetration in the developing world change rapidly over the coming decade, the satellite supply picture will change markedly. Satellite operators will need to look to volume for growth, with over 12 Terabits per second of HTS capacity (GEO, MEO, and LEO) to launch by 2025. While much of this will be the proposed LEO-HTS constellations of next decade, there will be over 3 Tbps of GEO-HTS capacity globally by 2025. At a minimum, this equates to triple the amount of traditional FSS capacity in orbit today, and depending on bits per hertz efficiencies, it could be even more than that.

“The telecom industry as a whole has seen Moore’s Law applied to the cost of data over the past 15 years. Satellite, today, is not competitive in 99% of the telecom market, but with HTS there is hope to address a much bigger piece of the pie and, ultimately, operators must deploy HTS or die,” notes NSR. “With this in mind, our study forecasts price drops in data verticals upwards of 60% by 2025, with this leading to significant elasticity of demand across these applications,” adds NSR.

On the demand side, nearly 4 Tbps of data/broadband demand will be sold over satellite by 2025, up from just over 250 Gbps today, for a CAGR of over 30%. Revenue growth will be more modest, but with only a 17% CAGR boosting top-line revenues from $1.9B to $9B to 2025. “While revenues are expected to increase at a dramatic pace, this is not the same industry as 10, or even just 5 years ago. These new verticals offer big revenue potential, relatively speaking, but the days of 80% EBITDA margins are most likely gone, with operators seeing lower CAPEX through launch/manufacturing advancements traded for higher OPEX, as operators have much more capacity to sell, and need to get much closer to the end customer to sell it,” notes NSR. “This will be a very complex balancing act—driving down price points, pivoting towards new customers, launching radically different types of capacity. There will unquestionably be winners and losers, and likely less operators playing the game as the industry sees consolidation,” concludes NSR.

The Global Satellite Capacity Supply & Demand, 13th Edition study provides not only a wealth of data in the form of tens of thousands of data points, but also the qualitative, analytical discussion that adds comprehension to the forecasts. NSR remains at the forefront of the industry by providing the most thorough analysis of a market that the company itself coined—HTS—and provides not just the data, but also the business acumen and on-the-ground knowledge that is the signature of NSR’s work.


About the Report

The Global Satellite Capacity Supply & Demand, 13th Edition is the industry’s most thorough study of the satellite telecommunications market from a supply and demand perspective. The report offers highly detailed forecasts across eight separate applications in each of seven different types of capacity (C-band, Ku-band, widebeam Ka-band, HTS C-band, HTS Ku-band, HTS Ka-band, Non-GEO HTS) for thirteen regions. With over 500 tables and charts within the client Excel data sheets, as well as qualitative analysis explaining the context of the data within the PowerPoint, the report provides the most comprehensive and detailed data and analysis available to the industry. NSR led the industry in introducing the assessment and forecasting of commercial services using High Throughput Satellite (HTS) and Non GEO-High Throughput Satellites (Non GEO-HTS) capacity as well as being one of the first to make specific projections for growth in HD and UltraHD channels within the video distribution and DTH markets.

For additional information on this report, including a full table of contents, list of exhibits and executive summary, please visit www.nsr.com or call NSR at +1-617-674-7743.


About NSR

NSR is the leading global market research and consulting firm focused on the satellite and space sectors. NSR’s global team, unparalleled coverage and anticipation of trends with a higher degree of confidence and precision than the competition is the cornerstone of all NSR offerings.  First to market coverage and a transparent, dependable approach sets NSR apart as the key provider of critical insight to the satellite and space industries.  Contact us at info@nsr.com to discuss how we can assist your business.