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NSR Report: Maritime Satcom Embraces Transition Towards HTS Architectures

Beyond the Uptake of Non-GEO HTS Services, a Clear Shift from FSS to GEO-HTS is Underway

Cambridge, MA -July 19, 2021 – NSR’s Maritime SATCOM Markets, 9th Edition report finds on-going challenges in some segments of the Maritime SATCOM Markets through 2022. While 2020 and 2021 continue to feel the impacts of COVID-19 in segments such as the cruise ship industry, the migration towards HTS-based services accelerates. Switching from MSS Broadband to VSAT connectivity are driving revenues in the near to medium terms.

At $2.2B in Retail Revenues in 2020 and nearly 70,000 Broadband Enabled SATCOM vessels market fundamentals remain strong – the market is poised to grow to more than 142,000 Broadband Vessels by 2030 and yield $34.4B in cumulative retail revenues.

“This acceleration towards HTS-based connectivity architectures mirrors trends found in other mobility verticals,” states report author, Brad Grady. “The passenger market continues to show signs of ‘recovery mode’ through 2023, but merchant maritime is building on the accelerated digitalization efforts over the past 18 months. Offshore customers are adjusting to a continuously changing commodity price, and the fishing/leisure markets look to take advantage of new lower cost connectivity options. Bandwidth demand continues to rise in the face of new capacity being launched by Satellite Operators – with more than 950 Gbps of FSS and HTS capacity forecasted by 2030.”

Total spending by End-users for Broadband Connectivity on an average basis is expected to grow across all core segments, as VSAT vessel adoption increases. While sectors such as the merchant market will only see single-digit increases in average monthly per-vessel revenues, a recovery in the passenger market, and greater capacity consumption of Non-GEO HTS services in the Offshore segment will drive growth into 2030. Fishing and Leisure ride the wave of technology transformations as smaller dish sizes combine with on-going end-user connectivity demand, driving broadband service penetration.

Overall, the near-term restraints from COVID-19 appear to be diminishing, but a clear focus on digitalization is here to stay. At a Broadband Penetration rate exceeding 26% by 2030, Retail Revenues at $34.4B cumulatively from 2020 to 2030, and over 950 Gbps of Throughput demand by 2030 the key metrics of the market remain positive, even if 2020 remained a challenging year for some segments.

About the Report

NSR’s Maritime Satcom Markets, 9th Edition is built from 15+ plus years of research on the Maritime satellite communications market. Continuously tracking the developments of key players, end-users, and market segments; combined with extensive interviews across the value-chain, the report forms a complete quantification of major trends, drivers, and restraints in the maritime satcom market.

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 617-674-7743.

Companies Mentioned in this Report

Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, GEE, Inmarsat, Intellian, Intelsat, Iridium, ITC Global, KVH, Marlink, RigNet, SES Networks, SpeedCast

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