The global satellite communication (SATCOM) market exhibited moderate growth during 2015-2020. As per the analysis by IMARC Group, the satellite communication industry is evolving due to the integration of digital processors in the sky and specialized software, along with the advent of several technological advancements in telecommunications and computer processes. One such expertise is the launch of portable SATCOM systems and the integration of connected devices with the internet of things (IoT), which is assisting in enabling the smooth functioning of autonomous and connected vehicles. The increasing utilization of cloud-based services for ground mobility platforms are also aiding key leaders in ensuring the effective wireless interconnection via terrestrial and satellite communications. On account of the growing demand for multimedia services, high mobility, and global connectivity, such advancements in wireless techniques are further helping in achieving transparent interoperability of the communication infrastructure. Additionally, leading players are locating new satellites in lower earth orbit (LEO) to improve latency, thereby eliminating the limitation of geosynchronous systems. LEO satellites are also being used for backhauling scenarios and providing coverage to undeserved areas as telecommunication firms are currently investing in building full fifth generation (5G) network ecosystems. Other trends in satellite communication market includes restructuring commercial satellite systems through acquisitions and mergers, introducing novel encoding capabilities, and using frequency modulation and division multiplex combined with division multiple accesses for satellite attitude control. These advancements, in turn, are making SATCOM systems more versatile, personally responsive, and powerful, while being cost-effective. Looking forward, the market is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 8% during 2021-2026.
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Top Satellite Communication Companies in the World:
Headquarter: Betzdorf, Luxembourg
SES S.A. is a satellite and terrestrial telecommunications network provider that supplies video and data connectivity to content and internet service providers, broadcasters, mobile network operators, and governments and institutions worldwide. It functions through the SES Video and SES Networks business units, which comprises content storage, processing, video on demand (VoD) content delivery, metadata management, and content localization and monetization services. Some of its media providers include Comcast, Viacom, M7, and QVC. Apart from this, SES operates a multi-orbit constellation of satellites, namely geostationary orbit (GEO) and medium earth orbit (MEO).
Headquarter: California, United States
Viasat Inc. is a provider of high-speed satellite broadband services and secure networking systems that covers military and commercial markets. It operates through three segments, namely satellite services, commercial networks, and government systems. Amongst these, the satellite services segment offers satellite-based broadband and related services to residential, enterprises, commercial airlines, and other mobile broadband customers, whereas the commercial networks unit develops advanced satellite and wireless broadband platforms, radio frequencies, application-specific integrated circuit chip design, and space-to-earth connectivity systems. On the other hand, the last segment provides global mobile broadband services and internet protocol-based fixed communication products to governmental bodies and the military sector.
Headquarter: Virginia, United States
Intelsat is a US-based satellite services company. It provides diversified communication services to fixed and wireless telecommunication operators, media companies, and data networking providers for enterprise and mobile applications and multination corporations. In addition to this, Intelsat offers commercial satellite communication services to the government, military organizations, and their contractors. These services and solutions combine satellite capacity, communication hardware, and teleport facilities to be utilized for point-to-point bilateral services by telecommunication providers. Apart from this, the company also provides off-network and satellite-related technical consulting, which includes the full lifecycle of satellite operations and related infrastructure.
Telesat is a privately held company that functions as a satellite operator. It offers satellite delivered communications solutions, such as internet and wireless backhaul, corporate networks, mobility, maritime connectivity, inflight connectivity, and first responders, to telecommunication, broadcast, and government customers. Telesat also provides industry-leading technical consultation and support services to satellite operators, insurers, and other industry stakeholders worldwide. Apart from this, it carries Canada’s two major direct broadcast satellite (DBS) providers signals, namely Bell Satellite TV and Shaw Direct.
Headquarter: New York, United States
General Dynamics is an aero-defense contractor and business jet manufacturer that is engaged in the provision of tanks, rockets, warships, submarines, and fighters. Its operating segments include aerospace, marine systems, combat systems, and technologies. The former two units design and produce standard bearer, business jets in aircraft repair, support, and completion services, and nuclear-powered submarines serving the US Navy and Army. On the other hand, its combat segment manufactures land combat solutions, such as wheeled and tracked combat vehicles, weapon systems, and munitions. The last unit provides a spectrum of services, including computers, surveillance, technological solutions combining electronic hardware with specialized software, and reconnaissance capabilities to the military.
Headquarter: United Kingdom
Cobham Limited, a subsidiary of Advent International Corp, is engaged in the design, development, and manufacture of a wide range of specialized systems, connectivity equipment, precision engineering, and specialist air services. It operates through three business units, namely communications and connectivity, advanced electronic solutions, and aviation services. The company’s product portfolio includes refurling equipment, weapon system containers, aviation oxygen systems, rescue and navigation lights, and life support and mission equipment. Their products primarily serve the aerospace, defense, energy, and electronics industries. Apart from this, Cobham has business presence worldwide, including the United Kingdom, Australia, the United States, and Africa.
Gilat Satellite Networks
Gilat Satellite Networks is a public company that develops and sells very small aperture terminal (VSAT) satellite ground station and related equipment. These are later incorporated into telecommunications network to provide satellite-based communications between a central location and large geographically dispersed sites. The company functions through the fixed networks, mobility solutions, and terrestrial infrastructure projects segments. Its portfolio consists of cloud-based satellite network platform, amplifiers, modems, solid state amplifiers, on-the-move antennas, block upconverters, and transceivers. In addition to this, Gilat uses fiber-optic and wireless technologies to offer network planning and optimization, satellite capacity, managed satellite network services, remote network operation, satellite capacity, internet access, and hub and field operations services.
Headquarter: Colorado, United States
EchoStar is a holding company, which is one of the leading providers of satellite communication and internet services. It functions through its Hughes Network Systems and EchoStar Satellite Service (ESS) business segments. The former unit provides broadband satellite technologies and services, managed communication solutions, and delivered network technologies to residential complexes, international consumers, and enterprises. On the other hand, the ESS segment offers satellite services on a full-time or occasional-use basis to the US government service providers, content providers, broadcast news organizations, and internet service providers. The company has a global presence across North America, South and Central America, Australia, Asia, Europe, and Middle East due to its expertise, advanced technologies, fully established distribution network, and continuous investments in research and development (R&D) activities.
Headquarter: London, United Kingdom
Inmarsat is a provider of mobile satellite communication services, which is focused on powering global connectivity services. The company provides telephone and data services to users worldwide, via portable terminals that communicate with ground stations through geostationary satellites. It also offers enterprise communication and integration, digitalization, aviation safety, inflight connectivity, and maritime safety services, which enables organizations to stay in touch with unreachable terrestrial telecom networks. Inmarsat primarily serves aviation, maritime, central services, and government clients across the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America through a network of independent distribution partners and service providers,
Headquarter: Paris, France
Eutelsat is a satellite operator, which offers television and radio broadcasting, corporate networks, video broadcasting, internet access, data connectivity, airplane and ship navigation, and mobile communications. The company caters to telecom operators, broadcasters, video service providers, internet service providers, and government agencies. Eutelsat serves the Middle East, Europe, Africa, America, and Asia Pacific regions.
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