Mobile Satellite Users Association September 9,  2019
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MSUA Industry Alliance Article | The Mobility Markets in Transition Towards Next-Generation VSAT Connectivity


Catherine A. Melquist

MSUA is pleased to announce an industry alliance partnership with Euroconsult, a global consulting firm specializing in space markets. At the start of each month, Euroconsult will contribute a mobility-related article to MSUA Mobility News.  Focus of this month's issue is the transitioning mobility markets, written by Xavier Lansel, a Senior Consultant for Euroconsult’s consulting team in satcom markets, services and applications. Look for Xavier this week at Euroconsult's World Satellite Business Week in Paris.  

The Mobility Markets in Transition Towards Next-Generation VSAT Connectivity
By Xavier Lansel, Senior Consultant at Euroconsult
Connectivity is not anymore restricted to ground but is increasingly becoming accessible at sea or in the air. In the past five years, the connectivity trend for the mobility markets (regrouping Maritime and Aero markets) is showing a decrease of MSS market share in favour of VSAT services. This is the direct effect of the deployment of High-Throughput Satellites, bringing more capacity to the end-users. However, thanks to continuous technology improvements by the satcom industry, a transition towards the next generation of VSAT connectivity should occur in the coming years and it should have the effects of a small revolution for the mobility connectivity markets.
Looking more specifically at the Maritime market, we have observed a democratization of the VSAT connectivity with now VSAT service offers targeting customers willing to spend less than a thousand dollars for their connectivity. For heavier consumers of bandwidth, like the Cruise ships, the new standard is about to reach several hundreds of Megabits per second. Overall, the average revenue per ship remains relatively stable at around $23,000 per month for Cruise ships but with a strong increase in terms of bandwidth (from 4 Mbps to 8 Mbps for Cruise ships).

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Hughes In Partnership with Facebook Launches Wi-Fi Hotspots in Colombia Using Express Wi-Fi Software Platform
PRNewswire; September 4, 2019
OneWeb’s first commercial satellite service will bring broadband to the Arctic
Venture Beat, Paul Sawers; September 4, 2019
OneWeb will start providing fast Internet to hard-to-reach locations on Earth
Z6Magazine,Sean Louis Salazar; September 5, 2019 
Speedcast Enhances Stena Drilling Communications Solution with Addition of Crew Wi-Fi
PRNewswire; September 4, 2019
Speedcast International Ltd first half 2019 results announcement
Satellite Evolution Group; September 1, 2019
Podcast: Hughes Network Systems’ Dave Rehbehn and Peter Gulla  On the global effort to bring the world online
Via Satellite, Jeffrey Hill; August 30, 2019
High season for adventurous destinations as Marlink offers bandwidth in the Northwest Passage
Satellite Evolution Group; September 2, 2019
Andrew Browne steps down as SES CFO
Broadband TV News, Robert Briel; September 2, 2019
SES launches new platform to expand O3b mPower system functionalities
Telecompaper; September 5, 2019
NSSLGlobal Appoints a New CTO ... He Comes From Cobham SATCOM
Satnews Daily; September 3, 2019
Inmarsat casts RescueNET as the future of Search and Rescue
The Digital Ship; September 5, 2019
Inmarsat Marks End of Indonesian Fisheries Monitoring Project
Maritime Executive; September 3, 2019
Inmarsat loses UK ruling over tax deductions for launch costs
Telecompaper; September 4, 2019
Iridium and Thales Expand Partnership to Deliver Aircraft Connectivity Services
Talk Satellite; September 3, 2019
Lightweight satellite terminal Satcube Ku integrated with Newtec modem - expands broadcast and service provider opportunities
Satellite Evolution Group; September 4, 2019
Thales Group reports sharp drop in space business, sees no recovery in 2020; make-or-break time for Thales Alenia Space
Space Intel Report, Peter B. de Selding; September 4, 2019
Thales Group to restructure space business as order gap drives losses
SpaceNews, Caleb Henry; September 4, 2019
ORBCOMM to Continue Supplying Global Fishing Watch with AIS Data
Satnews Daily; September 5, 2019
Alan Ritchey selects ORBCOMM’s in-cab and trailer monitoring solutions for fleet management
Satellite Evolution Group; September 4, 2019
Russian ‘spy’ satellite sidles up to Intelsat
Advanced Television, Chris Forrester; September 5, 2019
Free Access Webcast from Intelsat General for Flex|Ground Technology
Satnews Daily; September 5, 2019
Globalstar Announces Decision to Proceed With the French BPIFAE
Business Wire; September 5, 2019
Viasat Increases Network Speeds
Via satellite, Annamarie Nyirady; September 5, 2019
Thuraya X5-Touch Satellite smartphone:The ultimate Android smartphone on or off the grid
ZDNet, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes; September 1, 2019

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OTHER MOBILITY NEWS - market intelligence!

Vertical Markets & Supply Chain
In-Flight entertainment revenues to double by 2028
Advanced Television, Chris Forrester; September 6, 2019
Why In-flight Wi-Fi May Finally Be Taking Off, Paul Metselaar (Ovation Travel); September 4, 2019
Flight And Fight: The Race To Own Sky-High Internet
Australian Aviation, John Walton; September 1, 2019
A setbacKa in China, Seth Miller; September 3, 2019
In flight WiFi for India moves a step closer to reality
Get Connected, Joanna Bailey; September 4, 2019
How High Tech Is Transforming One of the Oldest Jobs: Farming
The New York Times, Norman Mayersohn; September 6, 2019
‘Precision farming technology as a management tool’
Future Farming, René Koerhuis; September 3, 2019
Collaboration Underway by Hiber and Actility for LoRaWAN Global Connectivity
Satnews Daily; September 5, 2019
IoT satellite start ups in Australia and Switzerland raise $16.5m
Electronics, Alex McCarthy; September 6, 2019
Roads ahead in connected car IoT point to partnerships and industry integration
Satellite Finance; September 2, 2019
More cybersecurity investment in smart city IoT likely needed
Satellite Finance; September 2, 2019
oneM2M recognises contributions to IoT standards with Technical Excellence Awards
Satellite Evolution Group; September 3, 2019
Fleet raises $7.35 million to expand Internet of Things constellation
SpaceNews, Jeff Foust; September 4, 2019
GMV developing satellite-based positioning system for driverless BMWs
SpaceNews, Jaroslaw Adamowski; September 4, 2019
GM wants to put Google Maps, Google Assistant in your car
ZDNet, Steve Ranger; September 6, 2019
Komatsu to deploy 41 autonomous trucks at South Flank
Mining Magazine; September 5, 2019
Monitoring deforestation: the use and misuse of satellite technology, Ginny Ng; September 3, 2019
How satellites can solve Africa's eco-challenges, from deforestation to illegal mining
World Economic Forum, Anne Marie Engtoft Larsen and Nicholas Davis; September 1, 2019
Ted Cruz, Lizzie Fletcher Join Powerful Keynote Lineup at OilComm
Via Satellite, Jeffrey Hill; September 5, 2019
A 2020 turnaround for oil & gas satcom markets?
Satellite Evolution Group; September 6, 2019
Navios tests IoT across 150-ship fleet
Marine Digitalization & Communications, Martyn Wingrove; September 6, 2019
Orbit Expands Delivery of Dual-band (Ku/X) Maritime Satcom Terminals for the Polish Navy
Talk Satellite ; September 3, 2019
IEC Telecom and Lars Thrane enter satcoms partnership
The Digital Ship; September 5, 2019
Scorpio upgrades ICT on 180 ships
Marine Digitalization & Communications, Martyn Wingrove; September 2, 2019
Can satellite megaconstellations be responsible users of space?
SpaceNews, Jeff Foust ; September 3, 2019
A bug in SpaceX’s communication system kept the company in the dark about potential satellite collision
The Verge, Loren Gush; September 4, 2019
NTT DOCOMO Awards Gilat an LTE Satellite Backhaul Project to Expand Its LTE Footprint
Talk Satellite; September 3, 2019
Airbus completes ocean satellite Sentinel-6A
Geospatial World; September 3, 2019
HUBER+SUHNER unveils world’s first truly copper less link to the antenna
Satellite Evolution Group; September 3, 2019
Growth in Global Defense Sector and Improved Communication is Reflected in Demand for Military Antennas
Satnews Daily; September 4, 2019
Fractal’s New Antenna Solution Enables 5G in Stadiums and Beyond
Business Wire; September 5, 2019
EM Solutions Takes Two ... Secures Multiple Project Wins with Australian Department of Defence
SatNews Daily; September 5, 2019
The FCC continues to close the digital divide with $121M in funding to connect and expand broadband internet to rural homes and businesses in 16 US states; September 4, 2019
FCC to submit CBA thinking on 5G to Congress
Advanced Television, Chris Forrester; September 5, 2019

Adjacent Industry & Other
Kacific to bring satellite broadband to 276,000 people in French Polynesia
Telecompaper; September 3, 2019
Broadband wireless access leader embodies seamless integration, flexibility, performance and stability in a fresh logo for the new digital era
RealWire; September 2, 2019 
Eutelsat withdraws from C Band Alliance
RCR Wireless,  Kelly Hill; September 3, 2019
NSR bottom line - repurposing spectrum for 5G: where Is the balance?
Satellite Evolution Group; September 3, 2019
WBA & NGMN examine options for convergence, management of Wi-Fi 6 & 5G
Satellite Evolution Group; September 3, 2019
America's First Big 5G Midband Spectrum Auction Will Be in June 2020
Light Reading, Mike Dano; September 4, 2019
5G in the manufacturing sector
ZDNet,Forrester Research; September 5, 2019
An initial 6.5 kilometre private network will be created for South32's Cannington mine
ZDNet, Chris Duckett; September 4, 2019
Industrial digitalization is driving demand for private mobile networks; September 5, 2019
Why survey estimates of the number of Americans online don’t always agree
Pew Research Center, Arnold Lau; September 3, 2019
Space: The final legal frontier
The Washington Post, Deanna Paul; August 31, 2019
Finns use most mobile data in Nordic and Baltic lands in 2018
Telecompaper; September 5, 2019

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