The commercial satellite market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of more than 7% during the forecast period.

  • The increasing demand for satellite-based services like inflight connectivity, maritime broadband services along with growth of telecommunication sector is anticipated to generate demand for new communication satellite launches during the forecast period.
  • Integration of advanced technologies like reconfigurable onboard processors (onboard digital processing payloads) and onboard switching techniques will further enhance satellite communication with implementation of new techniques and protocols.
  • The market is fragmented with the presence of many regional manufacturers including telecommunication companies and institutions, which manufacture their own small satellites and constellations.

Key Market Trends

Commercial Segment Registered the Highest Share in 2019

Commercial satellite operators are investing heavily into construction and deployment of GEO high throughput satellites. To increase the consumer broadband benefits, the GEO satellite capacities are planned to be increased to 1000 Gbps in 2020 from 260 Gbps in 2019. This can be achieved by frequency re-use and spot beam technology. Further, several companies have plans to launch new high throughput satellites in LEO and MEO to provide additional high-speed broadband services at low latency levels. In addition to this, the growth in demand for maritime and inflight connectivity for voice and data services is propelling the growth of the commercial segment during the forecast period. The introduction of 5G technology with communication satellites will increase the coverage of the network, reduce the installation cost of optic fibers and subsequent reduction in maintenance cost.

Asia-Pacific Region is Expected to Generate the Highest Demand During the Forecast Period

Countries like China, India, and Japan among others are accounting for majority of the demand for military and commercial communication sectors. This is due to the support of government strategies to make their respective maritime, aeronautical, and military sectors more secure. China launched Shijian-20, the heaviest communications satellite in December 2019. It is a GEO satellite manufactured by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) to test various new technologies, namely the use of controllable deformation of shape memory polymers and satellite-ground communication tests using Q/V bands (33-75 GHz in extremely high frequency (EHF)). The tests are anticipated to become the key for development of high throughput satellites of China, which have capacities of 1Tbps in the future. Similarly, India launched GSAT-30 in January 2020 to provide Ku-band communication services in India and C-band services in many Asian countries, Gulf countries, and Australia. With growing demand for communication services in the region, the Asia-Pacific region is anticipated to bolster the investments into communication satellites during the forecast period.

Competitive Landscape

The commercial satellite market is fragmented with the presence of many regional manufacturers. Some of the regional manufacturers are telecommunication companies and institutions, which manufacture their own small satellites and constellations. The prominent players in the commercial satellite market are Lockheed Martin Corporation, Space Systems/Loral, LLC, Airbus SE, The Boeing Company, and Thales Group. Airbus SE is into manufacturing of communication satellites through its subsidiaries, namely Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd., and Astrium serving military and commercial sectors, with major presence in regions of Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle-East and Africa. The growth in the demand for small satellites due to their inherent low cost of manufacturing has bolstered the scope of potential investments from satellite manufacturing companies in the upcoming period. Partnerships of the communication satellite manufacturers with the satellite communication service providers with expansion plans to increase their customer base around the world are anticipated to further propel the growth opportunities for the manufacturers.

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