(CRI-report) - It began in 2010 and it's already gained an unstoppable momentum. Welcome to the new era of highly broadband Internet access by satellite. Previously Internet-by-satellite was rightly regarded as the poor relation of most connections, with upload bandwidths in the hundreds of kbps regimes (or less) and download bandwidths not much higher. But this is now set to change and change dramatically. And some of the engines enabling this change already exist: the Hylas1 and Ka-SAT spacecraft are now in orbit and Ka-SAT's total throughput is 70 Gbps. This is a new situation and it means that many who have previously suffered being "on the wrong side of the digital divide" can now gain access to the Internet at around or above 10 Mbps bandwidths i.e. comparable with or even better than many current cabled connections. Additionally, urban or suburban subscribers who currently suffer a cable service of only a few Mpbsand are outside the economic viability zone of fiber will have the opportunity of a truly high-bandwidth service via SATCOM.
And it's getting even better because spacecraft with transponders capable of 100 Gbps-plus (total throughput) overall bandwidths will be launched over the next few years. Examples include ViaSat1 (130Gbps), several Inmarsat satellites, Jupiter 1, MegaSat and Hylas2. Major OEMs such as Boeing, EADS Astriumand Space-Systems Loral (SS Loral) are building these spacecraft. An even more advanced concept is enshrined in the European Space Agency's (ESA's) proposed "TeraBit" satellite which is currently slated for launch in the 2017 to 2020 time frame. This development is planned to take place within the ARTES program and, when in place will enable subscribers to access the Internet at the blazingly fast rate of around 200 Mbps. TeraBit would utilize the Alphabus platform standard.
The K/Ka microwave and millimeter-wave bands are currently used with the downlinks centered around 20 GHz and the uplinks centered
around 30 GHz but TeraBit would use the much higher (and much more technologically demanding) Q and V-bands.
This new report from Engalco provides extensive data on shipments, average selling prices and total available market data for the ground-based (consumer) transceivers, covering the 2010 to 2019 time scale. B-SAT1 segments eleven geographic regions and also the following three overall consolidated groups:
Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and N. Africa, Central Europe, Western Europe (collectively termed "Europe, Middle East and Africa" or "EMEA").
South East Asia, China and N.E. Asia, South Asia, Russia and Central Asia.
Oceana and Pacific, Latin America and North America.
Summarized, the results of research indicate that global shipments amounted to just over one-third of a million in 2010 and will increase to approach 2 billion in 2019. The total available (global) markets added to nearly 1.4 BN in 2010 and will increase at an average annual rate of 9.6% to reach almost 3.2 BN in 2019. (source: http://www.cri-report.com/broadband/3495-global-regional-national-markets-for-k-ka-band-satcom-commercial-transceivers-with-forecasts-to-2019.html) There are however substantial regional variations in terms of both absolute values and monetary growth rates. In 2010 the Americas enjoyed the bulk of the market with a share of 74% - mainly due to the US but by 2019 analyst predicts the pattern will have changed radically.
Annual growth rates are highest for regions such as China and N.E. Asia (often exceeding 20%) whilst some of the smaller regions see a slow decline in market values principally due to price erosion over the years. As might be expected most volume production is through sub-contract manufacturers based in China.
Related report: http://www.cri-report.com/broadband/3495-global-regional-national-markets-for-k-ka-band-satcom-commercial-transceivers-with-forecasts-to-2019.html