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MSS Services Around The Globe Analyzed In Latest NSR Report
|11 ноября 2008|
NSR has released its newest market survey and forecast report: Mobile Satellite Services, 4th Edition. The report covers eight global regions for MSS equipment and services, as well as transponder demand for satellite handhelds, narrowband and broadband solutions, mobile satellite TV, and MSS-ATC/CGC for the period 2006-2017.
"The next ten years will rival the heydays of the late 1990s for the MSS industry with the launch of up to 160 MSS satellites," stated Claude Rousseau, Senior Analyst for NSR and author of the report. "That total does not count the number of FSS transponders in C-, Ku- and X-band that will be also available to the mobile satellite market. However, despite positive launch and supply trends, the stakes have never been so high given the turbulence in global financial and economic markets, which may affect demand."
After a difficult year, which saw the handheld market shaken by the woes of one operator, and delays in satellite launches of another two operators, the competition has increased greatly in satellite data services, which will face-off against many terrestrial wireless products. But through the introduction of new broadband satellite services, improved voice and data products and dual-mode 3G and 4G satellite-terrestrial handheld devices, NSR forecasts the MSS market will reach more than 18 million in-service units and generate retail revenue of $17.1 billion for the period 2006-2017.
As more communications capabilities are offered to an ever greater number of users, with services to mobile platforms literally booming, the expansion of the Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) industry is still in its embryonic stage, with players trying to take a more active part in this increasingly global market.
A flurry of new MSS satellites will be launched over the next few years, in both Low Earth Orbit and Geostationary Orbit, as the industry aims to fill the growing needs for "anywhere, anytime" communications solutions to a wider variety of users. The initial thrust to communicate on the move globally is not dying out and has given rise to billions of dollars of investments in satellite networks that connect customers seamlessly.
While "traditional" services for voice and data still carry a large part of the legacy demand, a new set of mobile users has emerged that grew out of the explosion of broadband access at home or the office. Aeronautical markets have taken the limelight again with new voice and GSM services for passenger aircraft. Maritime customers have gained in sophistication, and many have adopted fixed satellite services (FSS) for higher bandwidth to retain crew and provide operational efficiencies. Land-mobile platform users are seeing advances and evolution in technology with lighter and better performing hardware for both MSS- and FSS-delivered services.
Users in this context clearly drive the change for mobile satellite services: they want high-speed Internet and video in the air, at sea or on land-mobile vehicles and platforms. Operators are lining up to serve them DSL-like speeds wherever they roam, adapting equipment to smaller and lighter form factors and smaller, more predictable monthly bills.