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HTS in Asia to Heat-up over Next Decade

300+ Gbps of HTS Supply, and $900M for Data-centric Applications by 2024


Cambridge, MA – September 23, 2015- NSR’s Global Satellite Capacity Supply & Demand, 12th Edition report, the industry leading study on satellite capacity, projects High Throughput Satellites (HTS) will play a pivotal role in growth across Asia.  An increasingly “wired” Asian population, the “Asia Pivot” by Gov & Mil operations, and targeted satellite programs going after specific demand are driving new and innovative approaches for HTS capacity in Asia.

“Asia’s need for connectivity will increase exponentially over the next decade, and satellite’s role will be vital to this expansion. Applications like Backhaul and Enterprise Data will propel growth in the future,” states NSR.  Enterprise Data demand alone will grow to near 50 Gbps of GEO-HTS capacity, on top of an additional 375 TPEs of FSS capacity demand by 2024. “In Asia an enormous demand for connectivity is emerging, with a distinct role for satellite. When all summed up, we will see nearly $900M in revenues by 2024. That’s nearly 5% of all global capacity leasing revenues in 2024 – just for data and just in Asia,” adds NSR.

In terms of supply, “GEO-HTS projects together will bring about 300 Gbps of HTS supply to Asia by 2020”, states NSR. Although O3b and Thaicom’s iPSTAR are the only HTS supply alternatives over Asia now, both targeting distinctly different markets, other big names aim to enter the market in the coming decade. Intelsat, SES, Eutelsat, ABS, and Kacific have all announced GEO missions, all for a region that has been slow to adopt HTS thus far. “What is unique about Asian HTS supply is that Ku-band is attracting interest given the precedent set by iPSTAR. Those that have the spectrum will use it for HTS, as well as, widebeam FSS depending on the target market”, notes NSR.

Furthermore, NSR’s report finds that countries such as China and India will look to follow in the footsteps of Australia’s NBN satellites making HTS the next “PrideSat” for Asia. However, sub-regions like the Pacific Ocean and Southeast Asia will best be served by commercial projects providing diverse coverage for tailored applications.  Overall, an increasingly connected society points to strong growth ahead for data-centric satellite communications offerings in Asia.


About the Report

The Global Satellite Capacity Supply & Demand, 12th Edition provides a wealth of data and analysis from the very top line global trends to highly detailed and granular assessments of supply and demand trends for 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 individual regions. Supplemented by over 500 tables and charts within the integral client Excel data sheets, the report provides the most comprehensive and detailed data and analysis available to the industry. Also included is an industry-first Webinar Document that summarizes all key elements of the report in a presentation format with audio commentary from the authors of the report. 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 UltraHD and 3D 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 a leading international market research and consulting firm with a core focus on the satellite sector and related industries, with the largest satellite sector consulting team in Asia. Founded in 2000 and with an experienced group of analysts located in all regions, NSR specializes in analysis of growth opportunities across four core sectors: Satellite Communications, Broadcasting & Digital Media, Hybrid & Emerging Applications and Commercial Space. Within Asia-Pacific, NSR maintains a presence in Manila, Mumbai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and Bangalore.