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Mobile Sat Moves Mainstream

18 июля 2007
The verdict is in: Mobile satellite services (MSS) will be going mainstream before many in the industry imagined. That's the message from a new study that says narrowband and broadband MSS solutions will create a multi-billion dollar market within the next few years.

Thanks to the growing reach and coverage of mobile services (nearly 60 satellites for MSS are slated for launch within the next five years), the mobile industry could be raking in around $7.1 billion by the year 2012. And according to Northern Sky Research's newest market survey, the global MSS market will grow from 1.8 million in-service units in 2005 to more than 6.7 million by the end of 2012.

L-band equipment will dominate the market, while Ku-band and C-band will grow incrementally, says NSR's Mobile Satellite Services report.

One indication that the MSS sector is thriving, says Claude Rousseau, NSR analyst and author of the report, is the entrance of new players like Inmarsat, TerreStar, ICO and MSV in the satellite handheld business. The high growth rate of handhelds, aggressive and new unlimited pricing plans and the upcoming deployment of MSS with an Ancillary Terrestrial Component (ATC) will change the industry through increased ownership consolidation and penetration rate expansion into the mainstream.

Still, Rousseau says, the major MSS growth area is still narrowband with steady double-digit growth and more than 4.5 million in-service units projected by 2012 with handhelds making up slightly less than half of the total overall base. The report also suggests growth in the large data market fueled by applications like asset tracking, location tracing, traffic information, sensor readings, machine-to-machine communications and automatic reporting.


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