Market Trends

Polar Satcom Markets Warming Up

Cambridge, MA – December 15, 2015 NSR’s newest report, Polar Satellite Markets, released today, finds a growth market for Arctic and Antarctic satellite communications, supported via a range of applications, orbits, and frequency bands all serving to build value in this nascent region.  Driven mainly by telephony/trunking and video, NSR projects the polar satcom market reaching $ 447 million by 2024.

Nearly 8% of U.S. Broadband Households Bought a 4K TV in 2015

Dallas, Tex., December 3, 2015--Parks Associates research finds that by mid-2015, more Samsung 4K TV sets were sold than any other brand. Samsung accounted for 28% of 4K TV purchases made within the last 12 months to U.S. broadband households. Best Buy was the leading retailer, capturing more than 40% of 4K TV purchases. Of the remaining brands, 17% of consumers who purchased a 4K TV in the past 12 months bought an LG, 13% bought a Sony, and 11% purchased a Vizio.

BYOD, New Form Factors and HTS Boost the Land-Mobile via Satellite Market

Cambridge, MA – November 23, 2015 NSR's Land-Mobile & SNG via Satellite, 3rd Edition (LMvS3) report forecasts commercial land-based satcom nearly doubling to reach $2.2 billion by the end of 2024.  Central to this growth projection are trends in Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) connectivity, new form factors and HTS capacity significantly reducing bandwidth cost.  And for all markets, MSS players stand to support the lion’s share of market opportunity.

Ericsson Mobility Report: 5G Mobile Subscriptions to Hit 150 million by 2021

Stockholm, Sweden, November 17, 2015--Launched today, the latest edition of the Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) Mobility Report provides insight into the future of 5G networks, including a forecast of 150 million 5G mobile subscriptions by 2021.

‘Game of Drones’ in the ‘Age of Empires’?

Cambridge, MA – November 12, 2015 Released today, NSR’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS): Satcom & Imaging Markets, 2nd Edition finds satellite communications for, and imagery from, UAS will grow to $3.4 billion in the next decade.  The anticipated market growth is tied to greater Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) needs; an increased government and international organization  demand for UAS-based services supporting their growing need in the areas of homeland security, disaster management, and peace-keeping activities. Included in the NSR report is the first commercial small UAS (SUAS) imaging market forecast, which estimates while small at $200 million in 2014, SUAS imaging will experience explosive growth, more than doubling in the next ten years.

2% Revenue Growth for Commercial FSS Operators at Mid-Year 2015

Paris, France, November 4, 2015 - According to Euroconsult's newly published report, FSS Operators: Benchmarks & Performance Review, 2014 was positive for most FSS operators despite the fact that half of revenue-generating FSS operators experienced a slowdown in revenue growth. Industry growth was largely offset by the revenue decline  recorded by ten operators including several large companies such as Intelsat, Telesat and JSAT. As a result, total FSS industry revenues nearly stabilized at $12.3 billion in 2014. This trend is expected to continue in 2015 with industry revenues growing by 2% at constant exchange rates at the half year mark.

M2M/IoT Remains Key Growth Market for Satellite Companies

Cambridge, MA, October 19, 2015 NSR’s Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) via Satellite, 6th Edition, released tomorrow, finds the satellite M2M/IoT market reacing $1.2B in 2014, with the market expected to expand to over $2.3B by 2024. The report finds lucrative opportunities arising from Shipping, Agriculture, Goverment/Military, and other key verticals across a number of regions and frequency bands, with Land Transport the largest industry revenue driver.

More than 330 million 4K UHD TVs will be Sold Globally by 2019

Dallas, Tex., October 14, 2015--Newly released connected CE research from Parks Associates finds more than 330 million 4K UHD TVs will be sold globally by the end of 2019, an increase from two million in 2013. The report,Connected CE: Trends and Innovation, notes that, of U.S. broadband households planning to purchase a flat-panel TV in 2015, 56% think that 4K picture quality is an important feature. Among flat-panel shoppers not planning to buy a 4K TV, 42% were unfamiliar with 4K/UHD technologies, and 44% felt either that the price was too high or that the picture quality was not worth the premium cost.

Top Pay TV Operators to Add 200 million Subs

London, UK, October 8, 2015--Pay TV subscriptions for 338 operators across 89 countries will increase by 200 million from a collective 704 million in 2014 to 904 million by 2020, according to a new report from Digital TV Research. The Global Pay TV Operator Forecasts report estimates that 29 operators had more than 5 million paying subs by end- 2014.

Satellite Operator Financials Facing Significant HTS Impact

Cambridge, MA, October 1, 2015--NSR’s Satellite Operator Financial Analysis (SOFA), 5th Edition, published today, finds that as GEO-HTS payloads continue to become more prevalent, satellite operator business models are encountering dramatic effects, including altered CAPEX cycles, lower backlogs, and falling revenues per transponder.