Gaining regulatory approval to access new markets is Starlink ’s biggest global challenge, said Jose Del Rosario, a Manila-based consultant at satellite industry firm Northern Sky Research. But mobile roaming will greatly increase its commercial appeal. “A few thousand aircrafts and hundreds of cruise ships can close the business case,” said Del Rosario
Satellite capacity prices slid 18 percent over the past 12 months, with data services like backhaul and fixed broadband driving the steepest declines, according to Northern Sky Research. An abundance of cheap high-throughput satellite capacity is the most significant influencer of new pricing structures, rendering older satellites increasingly obsolete.