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Report: Satellite backhaul to grow 17%

June 3, 2021

By Chris Forrester

Satellite operators backhaul business segments are readying “unprecedented” levels of capacity thanks to their existing bandwidth on offer. Additionally, the industry’s newly available High Throughput geostationary Satellites (HTS) and non-Geostationary craft whether from the likes of SES’s mPower fleet shortly coming on line and the growing number of Low Earth orbiting satellites will all add to the amount of capacity to be filled.

Northern Sky Research (NSR), in its latest report, Wireless Backhaul via Satellite, 15th Edition, asks whether the industry be able to activate elasticities to fill the upcoming supply. Backhaul offers an excellent opportunity with high price elasticities and a huge addressable market still to be captured.

Between 2021 and 2030 NSR forecasts that the sector will grow (CAGR) by 16.9 per cent.

“Despite the significant price pressure projected in the coming years due to the advent of LEO/MEOs and VHTS, NSR projects $31 billion in 2020-30 cumulative wholesale capacity revenues in the Backhaul segment. Lower price points will make satellite more attractive against terrestrial alternatives and will allow Mobile Network Operators (MNO) to close their own business case, even in the most remote deployments. This creates a win-win situation where both Satcom and MNOs can expand their markets,” suggests NSR.

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