Today – we are truly entering a new era – with a shift from video to non-video, lease to service and subscription mode, packing more than a Gbps at less than a million dollars and making bets that extend from Thousands to Millions in scale.
Two years since Intelsat first proposed it, C-band spectrum (3.7-4.2 GHz) repurposing has been a consistent newsmaker. Marred with differences of opinion on spectrum proceeds vs. the urgency of 5G deployment in the U.S., the proposal has been a political talking point:
Small GEOs – the latest solution in the long list of capacity options that operators are looking to implement. With rising competition in most countries, and decreasing break-even pricing via ever more efficient satellites and reduced launch costs, many operators see large GEO sats as quite risky for regional appetite.
NSR’s U.S. C-Band Spectrum Repurposing for 5G: Impacts and Analysis report, released today, provides a critical assessment of the potential for C-band repurposing, including the revenue and industry impacts of any FCC decision on spectrum sharing.
If there is something certain in the current satcom market, it’s that Video is stagnating, and Data is the future growth driver. However, many satellite operators are still cautious adopting HTS.