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Key Satellite Trends to Watch in 2009

by Virgil Labrador, Editor-in-Chief

Beginning with what seemed like another promising year for the satellite industry, 2008 saw the world’s economy go down in a spiralling downturn that brought us into the world’s worst recession since the Great Depression in 1933. They don’t have a name for this recession yet (remember the "Oil Crisis" of the 70s and the "Telecom and Dot.com Bust" of the late 90s/early 2000s). But then again we are just in the beginning of this one. No one can really foretell what lies ahead, but it will almost certainly get worse before it gets better.

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CASBAA Reports 71 Million Digital Pay-TV Households in Asia

The Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA) released new data for Asia’s pay-TV market, showing 71million digital pay-TV households out of 300 million pay-TV subscriptions across Asia during its annual convention in Hong Kong, October 28, 2008.

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Worldwide Mobile Cellular Subscribers to Reach 4 billion mark by end-2008

ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré said  that worldwide mobile cellular subscribers are likely to reach the 4 billion mark before the end of this year.  Dr Touré was speaking at the high-level events on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in New York, where he also participated in UN Private Sector Forums addressing the global food crisis and the role of technological innovation in meeting the MDGs.

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The Eurasian Satellite Market: Poised for Growth

by Virgil Labrador, Editor-in-Chief

With the global financial downturn, satellite companies are always looking for new and emerging markets to sell their products and services.  But with the increasingly global nature of the world’s economies, there are fewer markets left to explore.

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Gartner Says Worldwide IPTV Subscriptions to Grow 64 Per Cent in 2008

Worldwide IPTV Service Revenue Will Reach $19 Billion in 2012

Worldwide subscriptions to internet Protocol television (IPTV) services are on pace to reach 19.6 million subscribers in 2008, a 64.1 per cent increase from 12 million subscribers in 2007, according to Gartner, Inc. Worldwide IPTV revenue is projected to total $4.5 billion in 2008, a 93.5 per cent increase from 2007 revenue of $2.3 billion.

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From Satellite to Mobile: Next Generation Television and Radio Broadcasting

A new generation of satellites, and spectrum assigned to mobile satellite services, will play a prominent role in the next major development in television and radio broadcasting.

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Broadband Connectivity in Asia: Too Much or Too Little?

ITU launched its key Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Report for the Asia-Pacific region at ITU TELECOM ASIA 2008, which got under way  in Bangkok, Thailand, September 1. The Report focuses on broadband connectivity as a vehicle for content to drive development and build a knowledge-based information society.

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The Year of the Middle Kingdom- Satellites Take Center Stage at the 2008 Beijing Olympics

by NSR

The first modern Olympics held in Athens in 1896 featured some 241 athletes and were probably witnessed by several thousand spectators. Well over 10,000 athletes are expected for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, and the best estimates are that the TV viewership records broken during the 2004 Olympics will be smashed once again this year with the possibility of over 4 billion people watching the events in the coming days. This represents three out of every five people on the face of the planet and, quite simply, is a feat that would be essentially impossible to achieve without the use of satellites.

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