Satellite communications solutions are expected to drive the global satellite communications market growth at least through 2027.
This is largely due to the increase in Internet of Things (IoT) and autonomous systems and rise in demand for military and defense satellite communication modalities.
Additionally, technological advancements in satellite missions and deployment of 5G network through satellites are expected to offer lucrative opportunities for the market in the future.
The satellite communication market is segmented into application, component, end-use industry and region. Based on the application, the market is further segmented into voice communication, broadcasting and data communication. Based on component, it is further divided into equipment and services.
Analysts report that what is particularly worth watching is the demand in SATCOM for government and defense usage that is constantly increasing — from a level of approximately 35Gbps in 2018 to an estimated 150Gbps by 2025.
SATCOM is crucial for the military, primarily because it provides beyond line of sight communications which can cover one-third of the earth or more on a single satellite.
Having SATCOM to get around distance and terrain issues is important. It’s also important for backhauling data to headquarters in the U.S. so that people in the Pentagon are seeing the same video that, say, a pilot is seeing in a helicopter or a pilot flying a UAV.
Consequently, Congress has urged the Pentagon to make greater use of commercial satellites to reduce the cost of military communications.
Historically, the military’s use of commercial space services has largely been limited to satellite communications, with providers filling a significant share of the DoD’s day-to-day needs.
But all that is changing. The U.S. Space Force has increasingly looked to commercial services for data relay and space situational awareness data. The intelligence community has also been a long-time user of commercial satellite imagery, with the National Reconnaissance Office working to expand its relationship with commercial providers in recent years.
Military observers believe the military’s modernization plans increasingly depend on technologies funded by the private sector. The Space Force is responsible for providing satellite-enabled capabilities to the entire Defense Department, and the acquisition of new space services will be a central piece of that effort.
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