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Satellite Communication Market

Satellite Communication Market Size, Share, Competitive Landscape and Trend Analysis Report by Application, Component and End-Use Industry : Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2020-2027

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Author's: Mayank Halmare| Himanshu Joshi | Lalit Janardhan Katare
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Satellite Communication Market Statistics - 2027

The global satellite communication market was valued at $56,016.2 million in 2019, and is projected to reach $99,588.02 million in 2027, registering a CAGR of 9.2%.    

Artificial or man-made satellites orbit the Earth or other celestial objects for analyzing and predicting solar system and universe. The satellites are also utilized for communication applications such as television signals, phone calls, positioning technology, military, and others. Satellite communication is achieved through transmission of radio waves from satellite, and capturing & processing of information from antennas and transponders installed at different locations on Earth. The space organizations are increasing satellite launches globally to overcome the maximum distance signal transmission constraint associated with the conventional signal communication system. The satellites relay digital and analog signals for transmitting voice, video, and data across several locations worldwide.

The rise in demand for the satellite communication system by the US defense department is one of the major factors driving for the growth of the satellite communication market in North America. The presence of big satellite communication providers namely EchoStar Corporation, Telesat, and Viasat, Inc. in the region is anticipated to propel the growth of the satellite communication market in North America during the forecast period.

The US is the global technological leader. Presence of a robust framework for manufacturing and designing customized satellite communication systems for several applications such as remote monitoring, intelligence operations, and defense missions increases the domination of the U.S. in the satellite communication market.  U.S. government and defense agencies have increased the adoption of satellite communication equipment to strengthen their defense capabilities. For instance, in February 2021, US Air Force inducted new AT-6E Wolverine attack aircraft developed by Beechcraft.  The aircraft features a circular antenna on the top of its nose to support satellite communications for enhanced intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and light attack missions. Integration of satellite communication technology by defense agencies and cellular industries for augmented information sharing are the factors that fuel the growth of the U.S. satellite communication market.

Moreover, the Chinese and Indian governments have increased satellite launches to increase the satellite communication capability of the region. For instance, in March 2021, China launched Yaogan 31-series satellites through the Long March-4C rocket. The Yaogan satellites will augment the territory monitoring capability of China. The Chinese government has increased satellite launches to provide connectivity solutions across China and worldwide. The Chinese government organizations such as China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) facilitate the deployment of satellite communication technology in the region. For instance, in December 2018, China launched the first satellite of the Hongyan Low Earth Orbit (LEO) communications constellation using the Long March 11 light launch vehicle. The satellite will provide IoT and mobile connectivity within China. Increase in the adoption of satellite communication to provide a wide area coverage network is expected to drive the growth of the satellite communication market in China.

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The increase in development of new satellite technologies is anticipated to fuel the growth of the global satellite communication market during the forecast period. For instance, in April 2021, Northrop Grumman announced successful docking of its Mission Extension Vehicle 2 to Intelsat 10-02 a commercial satellite. Mission Extension Vehicle 2 is a robot spacecraft that extends the life of satellites.

The satellite communication market is segmented into application, component, end-use industry, and region. Based on application, the market is segmented into voice communication, broadcasting, and data communication. Based on component, it is further divided into equipment and services. Based on end-use industry, the market is classified into maritime, aerospace & defense, industrial, government, transportation and logistics, and media. Region wise, the market is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.

The key players operating in the global satellite communication market include Al Yah Satellite Communication Company PJSC (Yahsat), Cobham Ltd, EchoStar Corporation, General Dynamics Corporation, Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., Inmarsat Global Limited, L3Harris Technologies, Inc., SES S.A., SKY Perfect JSAT Holdings Inc., Telesat Canada, and Viasat, Inc.

Increase in Internet of Things (IoT) and autonomous systems

Robust IoT, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and autonomous technologies are being increasingly implemented throughout several industries namely automobile, defense, and healthcare. These technical tools are employed to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the new installation or existing infrastructure. For instance, in September 2020, Microsoft announced the development of a healthcare cloud service. The healthcare cloud service is a digital health technology aimed to provide seamless interactions among various IoT devices, sensors, and users. Multiple tech giants have started developing smart technologies to support the growth and adoption of autonomous systems in real-world applications. Moreover, autonomous systems provide extended safety and comfort for their users by analyzing real-time data to facilitate overall user experience. For instance, Samsung Electronics is developing an autonomous driving chip to be installed in vehicles for providing central control and obtain autonomous driving by further exchanging information in real-time through the data centers of Google. Furthermore, smart technologies such as IoT and autonomous systems need extensive and secure network connections for their operation. Satellite communication is being increasingly utilized to provide these systems with the required communication channel. For instance, in March 2021, SpaceX filed for approval from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to enable broadband capabilities in moving autonomous vehicles which will further ensure connectivity in remote areas through SpaceX's satellite system.

An increase in the adoption of the satellite communication system to enhance the potential of IoT and autonomous technologies is anticipated to propel the growth of the global satellite communication market during the forecast period.

Satellite Communication Market
By Application
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Data Communication is projected as the most lucrative segments

Rise in demand for military & defense satellite communication solutions

Military & defense forces around the world require flexible, secure, and reliable communications networks to facilitate information sharing for critical missions. Military and defense users work with private organizations for developing mission-specific satellite communication (SATCOM) solutions. For instance, in February 2021, the French defense procurement agency (DGA) chose Thales Alenia Space for developing the satellite communications system Syracuse IV for the French armed forces. Syracuse IV will be a highly resilient SATCOM system and will possess the quality to be operated in highly contested environments. Moreover, military and defense forces around the world are upgrading their existing infrastructure to enhance them in battle and defense efficacy. For instance, in February 2021, Hanwha Systems, a defense contractor in South Korea announced the development of an on-the-move military satellite communication terminal in partnership with Intellian Technologies. The terminal will enable support for real-time command and control for the ground forces on the battlefield. Commercial players have further increased the development of advanced hardware and services, owing to an increase in demand for SATCOM solutions from the defense industry. For instance, ThinKom Solutions, Inc. developed a new version of Aero Satellite Communication Antennas in March 2021. The new product variant enables embedded phased-array applications and allows flexibility in the installation for military beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) missions.

Satellite communications augment military and defense communication, which is expected to be a major driver for the growth of the satellite communication market during the forecast period.   

Satellite Communication Market
By Component
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Equipment is projected as the most lucrative segments

Cybersecurity threats to satellite communication

Rapid increase in operational in-orbit satellites further increases concerns and security risks associated with satellite communication. Satellite systems are responsible for global bandwidth communication and are at risk of exploitation by cyber criminals. Government and private organizations are dependent on satellites for critical services and operations namely meteorological and weather monitoring, remote sensing, communications, navigation, and imaging. Critical systems and infrastructure such as electrical grids, mobile networks, and Global Positioning System (GPS) technologies are also reliant on satellites. Moreover, satellites are operated from ground systems, which provide cyber criminals to take advantage of security loopholes and hack in the satellite system. Disruption in satellite communication service creates economic and impending losses for these crucial and vital frameworks. In addition, the downlink and uplink transmission carried out by satellites with open telecom networks can be intercepted and altered by hackers. The long-range telemetry utilized for satellite communications is also susceptible to cyberattacks.

These security threats restrain the growth of the satellite communication market.

Satellite Communication Market
By End Use Industry
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Aerospace and Defense is projected as the most lucrative segments

Interference in satellite data transmission

Satellite communication systems are designed for transmitting and receiving signals on the internet, telephony, backhaul, and other services. Interference in the satellite communication operations severely impacts the performance of the satellite and result in a significant loss of income for the operators. Moreover, additional costs have to be spent on fixing and debugging the problems in communication to further enable normal communications. Interference in SATCOM occurs due to various factors such as interference from high-power radar, intentional jammers, unauthorized transmissions namely piracy, adjacent satellite interference (ASI), interference from broadcast FM transmitters, aircraft interference, and adjacent frequency emissions from other signals, among others. For instance, in February 2021, Dish demonstrated interference in the 12GHz spectrum between Starlink’s satellite internet service and Dish’s terminals. Moreover, intentional hindrance created by terrorists and criminals to manipulate the SATCOM operations further creates an obstacle in satellite data transmission.

Furthermore, the proliferation of satellites in space also increases interference in the transmission of data between the ground station and the satellite. Factors such as the increase in the number of satellites and adjacent frequency emissions generate interference in data transmission through satellite, which further acts as a restraint for satellite communication market’s growth. 

Satellite Communication Market
By Region
2027
Europe 
North America
Asia-Pacific
LAMEA

Asia Pacific would exhibit the highest CAGR of 10.1% during 2020-2027.

COVID-19 Impact Analysis 

  • The COVID impact on the satellite communication market is unpredictable and it is expected to remain in force till the second quarter of 2021. 
  • The COVID-19 outbreak forced the governments across the globe to implement strict lockdowns and made the social distancing mandatory to contain the spread of the virus. Consequently, several organizations started the work from home programs as safety measures. This led to sudden increase in demand for internet service, which further promotes rise in demand for satellite communication across the world. 
  • Moreover, the nationwide lockdown forced the satellite manufacturing facilities to partially or completely shut their operations.
  • The adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in the delays in the activities and initiatives regarding the development of innovative satellite communication solutions.

Key Benefits For Stakeholders

  • This study presents the analytical depiction of the global satellite communication market analysis along with the current trends and future estimations to depict imminent investment pockets.
  • The overall satellite communication market opportunity is determined by understanding profitable trends to gain a stronger foothold.
  • The report presents information related to the key drivers, restraints, and opportunities of the global satellite communication market with a detailed impact analysis.
  • The current satellite communication market is quantitatively analyzed from 2019 to 2027 to benchmark the financial competency.
  • Porter’s five forces analysis illustrates the potency of the buyers and suppliers in the industry.

Key Market Segments

By Application

  • Voice communication
  • Broadcasting
  • Data Communication

By Component

  • Equipment
  • Services

By End-Use Industry

  • Maritime
  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Industrial
  • Government
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Media
  • Others

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • Spain
    • UK
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Rest of Asia-Pacific
  • LAMEA
    • Latin America
    • Middle East
    • Africa

KEY PLAYERS

  • Al Yah Satellite Communication Company PJSC (Yahsat)
  • Cobham Ltd
  • EchoStar Corporation
  • General Dynamics Corporation
  • Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd.
  • Inmarsat Global Limited
  • L3Harris Technologies, Inc.
  • SES S.A.
  • SKY Perfect JSAT Holdings Inc.
  • Telesat Canada 
  • Viasat, Inc.

Satellite Communication Market Report Highlights

Aspects Details
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By COMPONENT
  • Equipment
  • Services
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By APPLICATION
  • Voice communication
  • Broadcasting
  • Broadcasting
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By END-USE INDUSTRY
  • Maritime
  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Industrial
  • Government
  • Transportation and logistics
  • Media
  • Others
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By Region
  • North America  (U.S., Canada, Mexico)
  • Europe  (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, Russia, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific  (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • LAMEA  (Brazil, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Argentina, Rest of LAMEA)
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Key Market Players

GENERAL DYNAMICS CORPORATIO, TELESAT CANADA, EchoStar Corporation, COBHAM LTD, GILAT SATELLITE NETWORKS LTD., SKY PERFECT JSAT HOLDINGS INC., L3HARRIS TECHNOLOGIES, INC., .AL YAH SATELLITE COMMUNICATION COMPANY PJSC (YAHSAT), SES S.A., VIASAT, INC., INMARSAT GLOBAL LIMITED

Analyst Review

The global satellite communication market is expected to witness significant growth due to increase in demand for low latency wireless communication network around the world.

Increase in Internet of Things (IoT) and autonomous systems and rise in demand for military and defense satellite communication solutions are expected to drive the global satellite market growth during the forecast period. However, cybersecurity threats to satellite communication and interference in satellite data transmission are anticipated to hamper the growth of the market during the forecast period. Moreover, technological advancements in satellite missions and deployment of 5G network through satellites are anticipated to offer lucrative opportunities for the market in the future.

The satellite communications technology offers a high data rate and low latency network. It provides ubiquitous coverage for remote rural area coverage, emergency or disaster communication, and aeronautical & maritime communications. It can also be utilized for application in areas without standard terrestrial network coverage.

The satellite communication system consists primarily of two key components the ground segment and the space segment, which facilitate communication through satellite. The advances in satellite systems such as High Throughput Satellite (HTS), nanosatellites, Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) satellites, and Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites optimize network efficiency and aid in delivering data speeds of around Terabit per second (Tbps) of capacity worldwide. 

Increase in applications of technological advancements such as edge computing, 5G and beyond 5G, and machine learning and AI applications are anticipated to fuel the demand for satellite communication over the years.  Moreover, rise in implementation of satellite communication in military and defense applications are anticipated to offer lucrative opportunities for the satellite communication market during the forecast period.

Among the analyzed regions, North America is the highest revenue contributor, followed by Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA. Based on forecast analysis, North America is expected to maintain its lead during the forecast period, owing to increased funding for electrification of aircraft in the region and the presence of big market players such as GE Aviation, Honeywell International Inc., Raytheon Technologies Corporation, and others, which have a global presence.
 

Author Name(s) : Mayank Halmare| Himanshu Joshi | Lalit Janardhan Katare
Frequently Asked Questions?

The global satellite communication market valued at $ 56,016.2 million in 2019, and is projected to reach $ 99,588 million by 2027, registering a CAGR of 9.2% from 2020 to 2027.

The manufacturing and supply-chain regarding the satellite components is expected to bounce back amid the lifting lockdown measures and the consequent resuming of transportation activities across the globe

The report sample for global satellite communication market report can be obtained on demand from the website.

Increased usage of satellites for deploying 5G networks across the world

Agreement, Partnership, Acquisition, Collaboration, Contract, Product Development, and Product launch are the top most competitive developments which are adopted by the leading market players in the global satellite communication market

The company profiles of the top players of the market can be obtained from the company profile section mentioned in the report. This section includes analysis of top ten player’s operating in the industry along with their last three year revenue, segmental revenue, product offerings, key strategies adopted, and geographical revenue generated

Based on the satellite communication market analysis, Europe region accounted for the highest revenue contribution in 2019 and Asia-Pacific is expected to see lucrative business opportunities during the forecast period

By application, the Data Communication segment is expected to gain traction over the forecast period

The U.S. and China are key matured markets growing in the global satellite communication market

The rising demand for aerospace and defense applications; and increasing involvement of new players

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Satellite Communication Market

Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2020-2027