What’s on the Horizon for HTS?

iDirect's CMO, Toni Lee RudnickiBy Toni Lee Rudnicki, Chief Marketing Officer, iDirect

A few trends stuck out from NSR’s earlier released Global Satellite Capacity Supply and Demand, 11th edition. In particular, trends associated with High Throughput Satellite (HTS) contained in the report set the stage for the next stage in its growth.

In terms of bench-setting data for HTS, NSR’s report shows that leased HTS capacity increased by 25.6% in the last year and the wholesale revenue equivalent derived from the global HTS market in 2013 was estimated to be nearly $ 246.3 million, up 14.6% compared to 2012.

But going forward NSR believes that the global market for HTS is still emerging. Projected HTS demand growth rate is expected to rise above 30% annually with broadband access services to be the mainstay of demand. Overall, NSR forecasts that HTS capacity demand will surpass 1,000 Gbps by 2023.

A deeper look into the trends reveals that NSR believes the future of HTS should accelerated once we move past the current “land-grab phase” and business cases beyond typical broadband access start to pan out.

Mobility. Going forward, NSR anticipates mobility applications for both commercial and government/military clients to utilize both traditional FSS capacity along with next-generation HTS and MEO-HTS.

And NSR believes both segments could see even greater demand, should certain factors eventually play out further. In the government/military segment, for example, an increase in requirements associated with certain foreign policy initiatives could have substantial impact. With regards to commercial mobility, an increase in the number of deployments for aeronautical and maritime will be among the main accelerating factors.

iDirect currently sees both trends developing. For example, as stated during a Q&A with SatNews in June, Tom Cheong, vice president of iDirect Asia, sees communications on the move (COTM) as a growing market for iDirect in APAC with initial end-users coming from the defense and homeland security sectors. The next wave, he said, will be coming from the commercial transport sector, including rail, cruise and commercial airline.

Enterprise. NSR states that overall a large increase in HTS demand from 2013-2023 will be driven by broadband access. In particular, enterprise data services are expected to record solid gains, primarily serving backhaul and VSAT services. Demand will rise further as High Throughput Satellites come online and deliver an immense wave of new capacity.

iDirect sees HTS generating additional enterprise value across the board with operators and service providers targeting wireless backhaul, maritime, aero, government and other markets going forward.

In summary, there is no denying that HTS will present a major opportunity for enterprise markets. And the market opportunity varies based on the individual market, as illustrated in this HTS infographic.

As in the past, iDirect is committed to providing solutions to support your adoption of new this technology, which will ultimately broaden your market reach. Our platform is built on the concept of a single, integrated, multi-band network, and support of HTS is a natural extension to that concept.

The iDirect platform enables satellite operators, network operators and service providers to:

  • Meet end user demands for high performance throughput rates
  • Deliver the highest value across multiple markets
  • Provide maximum flexibility with minimum investment and risk
HTS On The Horizon Infographic

HTS On The Horizon Infographic

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