The satcom industry is going through turbulent times. A wave of high-level bankruptcies, layoffs, cost-cutting measures and investment deferrals have rattled the industry. COVID obviously places significant pressure in an already challenged ecosystem, hitting key areas of Satcom growth like Mobility. But putting aside the panic around COVID for a moment, it is clear the business fundamentals for Satcom remain very solid. The actors that play their cards well will be able to capture double-digit growth once we reach the “new normal”.
With COVID-19 gripping the globe and people flocking to their devices and television sets, we at NSR deep dived into the media sector to analyze the historical performance of satellite and a few recent trends.
Global satcom capacity revenues continue to evolve at low single-digit rates scoring 2% growth last year. Obviously, data is becoming the star for revenue growth and operators with higher exposure to video and legacy FSS capacity are more prone to turbulence. But, in these transformative times in which raw capacity is commoditizing, operators must rethink.
Video is that largest consumer of bandwidth today and will increase exponentially over the long term –streaming video that is, not linear TV. As the industry moves from video in terms of cord-cutting to streaming data, the satellite play is still unclear when it comes to supporting services such as Netflix or Hulu. Today, there.