Evaluating Demand for Satellite Broadband Access Services Versus UltraHD VSAT

FARMINGTON, Conn., Feb. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Industry focus on satellite broadband Internet access services has progressively shifted over the last few years. North America, Western Europe, Asia, Australia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa have all at one time or another been classified as the "next big thing" for satellite broadband and high throughput satellites (HTS). And now, the industry is shifting once more with the newest target market being Russia. This was just recently illustrated by the January 2013 report that RuSat was launching a new satellite broadband service to both enterprise-class and consumer-class clients based on Newtec's latest modem and hub technology including its MDM2200 IP satellite modem product.

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Broadband Satellite Markets, 11th Edition

Turning to the central question: is there real demand for satellite broadband access services in Russia? NSR's latest assessment laid out in its new report is that Russia appears at first glance to offer real long-term potential. It is a single market, a geographically large country, has a still developing terrestrial network, and there is strong demand for broadband Internet access services among individuals and businesses. These factors are no doubt the main motivations behind all of the above cited deals and partnerships over the last two years.

Yet, the Russian market also remains challenging for growth of satellite broadband access services. Cost of the service and, most importantly the upfront cost of the CPE, are a major hurdle among a fair portion of the populace in the more rural parts of the nation. Further, NSR has yet to see a major ISP in Russian get truly behind the effort, and the marketing and distribution will likely be the biggest issue of all in the development of these services in the country. Still, for 2015 and beyond, NSR assumes that satellite broadband access services in the Russian market will begin to gain some traction. This is expected to drive most of the Central & Eastern European broadband access subscriber growth forecasted in the 2015-2017 period as explained in-depth in the BBSM 11th Edition study.

An Executive Summary for this report and free sample pages from the full document are available at http://www.giiresearch.com/report/ns171635-broadband-satellite.html

UltraHD via Satellite: Evaluating Long Term Viability and Market Opportunity

Satellite broadband Internet access subscribers will exceed 5.2 million globally in 10 years, and the enterprise VSAT installed base will reach nearly 2.9 million sites. In addition, backhaul services and even IP trunking will make important strides as services shift to provisioning with HTS and O3b capacity.

Looking to enterprise VSAT, the report predicts that developing markets like Latin America and parts of Asia will have larger installed VSAT bases than mature markets like North America within a few years. Beyond VSAT and broadband access, the backhaul and trunking markets will undergo a critical metamorphosis in the coming years. Traditional C- and Ku-band services become ever less cost effective as the data load at the 3G/4G backhaul sites exponentially increases. The satellite industry has a solution for this, and the migration to O3b and HTS provisioned backhaul sites is key to offering substantially more capacity at a much cheaper price. The same applies to IP trunking that will see increased bandwidth demand as it moves to O3b and even HTS-provisioned services despite a declining installed base of sites.

An Executive Summary for this report and free sample pages from the full document are available at http://www.giiresearch.com/report/ns260093-ultrahd-via-satellite-evaluating-long-term.html

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