FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
No Such Thing as a Surprise Mobile Winner in 2011
The mobile satellite industry tends to spend the last few weeks of the year predicting next year's surprises. It's one of the side-effects of dealing with a future-oriented product and service. For the last few years, there appears to have been a general consensus, or feeling about where the market. At the lowest point of the recession two years ago, the 'surprise' predictions were based on which companies would survive and which would receive financing.
Since 2010 was generally a strong year for satellite and that emerging markets played an important role in that sustained growth, there is no consensus. Everything is open: steady gains in the broadband services sector; growth in broadband VSAT networking; growth in Ku-band capacity leases and satellite broadband Internet access; and HTS capacity leasing are all separate parts of a single value chain that have been targeted for gains. “The combined broadband services segment could add almost $2.2 billion in new revenues to the industry by 2019, plus other additional revenues will come from segments like mobility and backhaul,” said NSR in a report released last month.
Asia is giving its western mobile competitors a run for the money. India’s rural value-added services market could generate about $835 million for regional service providers in 2014, according to Analysys Mason, which added that Indian value-added services could reach as many as 70 percent of the country’s households by 2014. VSAT enterprise services in the United States and Europe continue pushing revenues. It seems unsafe to predict a winner these days and it is times like this where I'm thankful that I'm a journalist and not an analyst.
Expectations High for Asian Mobile Market Five-Year Growth Potential
Global analyst firms are predicting strong five-year growth in the Asian mobile voice and data markets. Global telecoms, media and IT adviser Analysys Mason continued its enthusiastic Asian mobile market push with a report projecting that mobile broadband services in Asia-Pacific will generate three-fold revenue increases to ...More»
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GSMA: South African Mobile Broadband Impact ‘Worth Billions’
Mobile broadband and related industries are expected to generate 1.8 percent of South Africa’s total GDP and create as many as 28,000 jobs by 2015, according to a sector growth study from GSMA, an international mobile broadband industry group. GSMA Spokesman Mark Smith said that the firm commissioned research firm Analysys Mason in an effort to highlight the potential of South Africa’s technology base and lobby government agencies to re-allocate spectrum to drive economic growth. ..More»
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O3b CEO Rigolle: Future Plans ‘Fully Funded for Good’
Operator O3b Networks has raised a total of $1.2 billion through a multi-layered finance deal from a group of investors and banks, including the African Development Bank. The deal also is covered by a guarantee from export credit agency Coface. The arrangement fully funds O3b’s plans to launch its first satellites to provide low‐latency, fiber‐quality Internet connectivity between developing markets and the global Internet infrastructure ...More»
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SkyTerra-1 Launch Adds Mobile Capabilities Over the United States
LightSquared sees the launch of SkyTerra-1 as a major step in combining satellite systems and 4G-LTE terrestrial networks and a peek into the future of the North American consumer market ...More»
MeshTV Rolls Out Dedicated Live Streaming Services for Mobile Devices
Antenna Technology Communications Inc. (ATCi) subsidiary MeshTV updated its services to allow multiple, dedicated live stream content feeds to be formatted for mobile devices while providing monetization and user analytics, ATCi announced Dec ...More»
Thrane & Thrane Release Aviator 200 Solution in the Middle East
Thrane & Thrane is launching its Aviator 200 airborne solution to markets in the Middle East, the manufacturer announced Dec ...More»
RigNet Named Librestream’s Mobile Solutions Reseller for Oil and Gas Industry
Oil and gas industry managed communications provider RigNet was selected by Librestream, a mobile collaboration solutions provider, to re-sell its Onsight mobile collaboration system, RigNet announced Dec ...More»
ViaSat Demonstrates Commercial Satcom Over JTRS Network
The U.S. Joint Program Executive Office (JPEO) for the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) and ViaSat have demonstrated the ability to integrate commercial mobile satcom networks with JTRS networks, ViaSat announced Dec ...More»
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Lufthansa Launches In-Flight Broadband Service
German airline Lufthansa has launched its broadband service, FlyNet, on long-haul flights ...More»
Starling Makes Military Market Debut
Starling Advanced Communications has received its first military aviation market order from Italian company Selex Galileo, Starling announced Nov ...More»
Vizada to Supply VSAT Equipment, Lease Ku-band to Eulex Mission
Vizada Networks received a contract from the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (Eulex) to supply VSAT hubs and remote terminals and lease Ku-band satellite transponder space, Vizada announced Dec ...More»
Arianespace Wins Sicral 2 Launch
Telespazio has selected Arianespace to launch the Sicral 2 satellite into geostationary orbit on an Ariane 5 launched from the Guiana Space Center in November 2013, Arianespace announced Dec ...More»
Spacenet Wins LAPD Emergency Services Deal
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has selected Spacenet to provide emergency communications services and associated high performance equipment to support police operations, Spacenet announced Dec ...More»
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