Every year NSR writes about an ‘upcoming wave’ of sovereign SATCOM capabilities – WGS-11+, Skynet-6EC, etc. and today is no different. In the past few months, the UK announced $2B in ‘new funding for military space programs’, the European Commission announced “€6 billion program” with a component focused on secure connectivity, and Australia recently opened.
The inflight connectivity (IFC) market has taken off over the past decade and is now witnessing the third wave of transition to next-generation networks, primarily driven by an upgrade to capacity from high throughput satellites (HTS) and extreme high throughput satellites (XTS). Just 3-4 years ago, market observers referred to HTS and XTS systems as.