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Satellite Flat Panel Antennas: An $11 Billion Opportunity by 2028

NSR Report Finds Despite Continued Performance and Cost Challenges, FPA Market Benefits from Partnerships and Ecosystem Development

Cambridge, MA – NSR’s Flat Panel Satellite Antennas, 4th Edition (FPA4) report, released today, forecasts cumulative FPA equipment sales to reach approx. $11 billion by 2028. NSR’s FPA4 finds aeronautical equipment will drive revenue growth for manufacturers, while fixed broadband applications on Non-GEO satellites will be the main volume market.

Flat panel antennas have long been a niche alternative to parabolic systems, due to high costs and variable performance limiting market potential. However, with Non-GEO satellite constellations from OneWeb, SES, SpaceX, Telesat, and others, expected to come online after 2020, the industry has begun taking a strong interest in FPAs.

“Demand for connectivity in commercial aviation continues to grow, and the operating environment necessitates a low-profile design. This has been a key market driver for development of phased array technology for satellite connectivity,” states report author, Dallas Kasaboski.

The complexity of staying connected on the move is expected to keep antenna prices and revenues high over the next decade, with NSR forecasting 94% of all revenues to come from mobile applications. Leading the way will be the increasingly-competitive aeronautical market, well-established government land-mobile vertical, and the fast-growing, high-potential, commercial land-mobile sector.

“NSR has long been quite critical of the ‘connected car’, understanding its potential and large addressable market, but keenly aware of the technological and business limitations. However, with improvements in technology, and a growing value chain supporting connected buses and trains, FPA4 sees new light for satellite-enabled connected vehicles,” Kasaboski adds.

While mobility drives revenues, fixed applications drive volume, with NSR expecting more than 1.4 million FPA terminals to ship for satellite broadband in 2028. “As the industry looks ahead to closing non-GEO business cases, the long ‘forgotten link’, ground segment, is seen as in need of a serious upgrade,” states Kasaboski.  “Over the past year, several companies have announced plans to develop electronically-steered FPAs, including Alcan Systems, Isotropic Systems, and ViaSat; citing a need for multi-satellite tracking capabilities.”

Currently, twenty-three antenna manufacturers are in various stages of development and deployment of FPA solutions. NSR’s FPA4 details the progress of each and the growing maturity and partnership seen in the industry value chain, which will drive cost and performance improvements. This growing equipment ecosystem will allow for more successful business models and greater access to satellite communications worldwide.

About the Report

NSR’s Flat Panel Satellite Antennas, 4th Edition report provides a 360-degree overview of the FPA market, forecasts the global industry growth in terms of shipped units, in-service units, and equipment revenues across nine regions and across five different type of services for both FSS and HTS. The market drivers and restraints that NSR believes will lead to market growth in the next ten years are clearly explained to offer a wider outlook as to what the future holds for stakeholders. NSR also profiles all the key companies building such FPAs.

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.


Companies and Organizations Mentioned in NSR’s FPA4: Airbus D&S, Air Esurfing, Alcan Systems, American Airlines, Anokiwave, Aqyr, Arralis, Asiasat, Avanti Communications, Ball Aerospace, Bentley, Bluesky Aviation Technologies, Boeing, Caterpillar, C-Com, CopaSAT, European Space Agency Business Incubation Centre, Eutelsat, Finnair, General Dynamics, GetSAT, Gilat, Global Eagle Entertainment, Gogo, hiSky, Hispasat, Honeywell, Hughes, Hunter Communications, Inmarsat, Inster, Isotropic Systems, Intellian, Intelsat, Kepler Communications, Kymeta Corporation, Newtec, OmniAccess, OneWeb, Panasonic, Penteon, Phasor Solutions, Qantas, QEST GmbH, Renfe, Scandinavian, Airlines System, Satcom Direct, SatCube, SatixFy, SatPro, SES, Sino TekCo, Spacecom, Speedcast, ST Electronics, STS Global, Tecom, Telesat, Thales Alenia Space, ThinKom, Toyota, United Airlines, United Kingdom Ministry of Defense, United Kingdom Space Agency, United States Air Force, United States Department of Defense, ViaSat, Vikomobile, and Vites