Satellite 2013: Three Panels That Deserve Further Thought – Part 2
Latin America is hot. Yes, we mean the weather. But the VSAT market too.
One of our favorite sessions at Satellite 2013 was “Latin America – New Orders of Magnitude” chaired by David Hartshorn of the Global VSAT Forum and which featured representatives from Intelsat, SES, Satmex, Hispasat, NewCom and Red 52.
An enthusiastic panel discussed the booming market for satellite in the region, factors driving demand and whether it will slow down.
The big push today is Direct-to-home (DTH) satellite TV. It’s exploding across the region, with an array new TV channels, and even HD programming, being rolled out for a growing middle class population. To support this demand, leading operators are adding new satellites to their fleets. Many are HTS and already sold out of capacity.
It’s not all pay TV, though. A significant amount of capacity is targeted at the fast-growing enterprise market. Panelists stressed strong opportunities in maritime, energy, mining, hospitality, retail, healthcare and manufacturing – with double digital growth rates expected. Read More