|FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
The last few months have provided the mobile satellite services (MSS) sector with several unique opportunities for growth. While other consumer-based sectors are modifying rollout plans according to lowered 2009 expectations, the mobile industry is breaking new ground by exploring the potential of hybrid satellite-terrestrial services, which they can now offer at competitive prices, and newer, smaller products that attract a broader base of customers.
Recent studies also show that the mobile industry may be more insulated from the global economic recession given that consumers view mobile voice and data services as essential utilities. As technological advances in space and on Earth lead to a new generation of handheld receivers, the prospect of MSS breaking into the consumer mass market with a host of innovative services grows stronger.
In this e-letter, Via Satellite takes a look at some of the most important mobile satellite developments this year — the launch of ancillary terrestrial component services, U.S. Federal Communications Commission regulatory issues, U.S. military demand for global services and the machine-to-machine market — all areas which the industry’s biggest MSS companies have made serious investments.
— Jeffrey Hill, News Editor.
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