Satellite Transponders
The global market for Satellite Transponders is projected to exceed 10 thousand 36-MHz Transponder Equivalents by 2024, driven by modern satellites’ increased capacity to accommodate more transponders. Also driving growth in the market is the increased use of satellites for earth observation, communications, navigation, weather and space monitoring. Especially poised to drive revenue opportunities is the robust growth in the number of communications satellites launched into orbit against the backdrop of robust expansion of television/radio broadcasting industry, internet and military applications. Saturating smartphone sales, spiraling mobile internet subscriptions, and an expanding fixed and mobile internet user base are driving demand for satellite internet access. In this regard, Ka-band satellites are poised to witness the fastest growth supported by compelling technical advantages such as significant capacity that makes it suitable for internet-based applications; ability to reuse the frequency via band spot-beam technology; high throughput and thereby service speeds; higher frequencies (~30GHz uplink & ~20GHz downlink) as compared to Ku (~14GHz uplink and ~12GHz downlink); and innovative satellite architecture geared for quality and better performance. Ku-band satellites are also expected to witness gains video distribution and live broadcasting applications. Mobility networks also use the Ku-band spectrum to offer broadband connectivity to areas such as troposphere and over the ocean, which are unreachable by terrestrial networks. Asia-Pacific represents the largest and the fastest growing market worldwide with a CAGR of 5.4% over the analysis period led by factors such as low leasing rates; robust sales of HDTVs and 3D TVs among the growing base of middle class population and the resulting increased demand for HD video and High-dynamic-range video (HDR video).  

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Company and Industry News & Stories
  • Bambu Wireless Signs Contract with Eutelsat Communications for EUTELSAT 172B Satellite
  • Northrop Grumman Acquires Orbital ATK and Names the New Unit as Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems
  • Navarino Enters into Agreement with Intelsat for Satellite Services in a Move to Add the Latter’s Maritime Connectivity Services to its Connectivity Solutions Portfolio
  • With the Aim to Meet Growing Broadband Requirements from the Maritime and Aeronautical Markets, Telesat Collaborates with Global Eagle Entertainment
  • Intelsat Signs Multi-Transponder Agreement with Telenor Satellite in a Move to Provide Distribution of Channels over DTH Services

Outlook in Key Market Segments
  • Broadcasting Industry ranks as the largest end-use market for Satellite Transponders supported by the implementation of government regulations on digitization of TV content; focus on quality of streaming services; and growing subscriber base.
  • Ku-Band Satellite Transponders ranks as the largest market supported by lesser terrestrial interference and use of the satellites in video distribution for HDTV and 3D TV and live broadcasting.

Product Definition & Scope
  • A transponder takes the received signal, filters them, converts frequency, amplifies it, and transmits it back to Earth. However, transponders do not represent a physically independent component, rather they are a collection of sub-systems. Within the C- and Ku-bands, transponders operate in a frequency band having a 36-72-MHz bandwidth, whereas within the Ka-band, they operate in a frequency band having a 500-MHz bandwidth. Satellites generally are capable of carrying up to 100 transponders. The general trend in the industry is to augment system capacity by equipping new satellites with more transponders. Number of transponders is typically expressed in 36-MHz transponder equivalents in order to assist in satellite and satellite system comparisons.

Timeline for Analysis
  • Market Estimates and Forecasts for 2016-2024
  • Historic Review 2011-2015

Geographic Markets Analyzed
  • North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and Latin America

Market Segmentation & Classification
  • Application Areas:
    • Broadcast, Trunking, Networking, and Reserve.
  • Band Type:
    • Ku-Band, C-Band, and Ka-Band

Major Players
  • APT Satellite Company Limited
  • Arab Satellite Communication Organization
  • Eutelsa
  • Intelsat SA
  • Intersputnik International
  • ISRO

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