Mobile Satellite Users Association January 20, 2020
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FSS Capacity Pricing and Supply Dynamics in Mobility Markets

By Brent Prokosh – Senior Affiliate Consultant of Euroconsult

In the years leading up to 2018, widespread oversupply conditions caused by strong net additions of both traditional Brent Prokosh – Senior Affiliate Consultant of Euroconsult.widebeam satellite capacity and large-scale rollouts of more efficient, lower cost HTS capacity led to new, significantly lower, pricing references and ranges in most regions and vertical markets. From the perspective of mobility users, both aero and maritime markets have benefitted from the influx of HTS supply which has helped pushed reference (average) capacity pricing levels in the segment from above $2,000 per MHz/month to between $500-$1,500 per MHz/month as of 2019. The drop in capacity pricing has been identified as a key driver of improved value in VSAT-based mobility service offerings, helping spur higher penetration of addressable markets and migration from MSS broadband service offerings which can now largely be considered more limited in terms of both capabilities and value.


Source: FSS Capacity Pricing Trends Report, 2nd edition, Euroconsult (2019)
Looking forward, HTS supply additions, one of the primary culprits behind the unrelenting pressure on capacity pricing levels within data-oriented and mobility vertical markets, are poised to slow considerably in the short-term, reflecting the structural lull in GEO communications satellite orders of the past several years.  To illustrate, after global annual net additions of GEO-HTS capacity peaked at between 400 and 500 Gbps in both 2017 and 2018, net HTS supply additions for both 2019 and 2020 will trend substantially lower in the range of 250 to 300 Gbps per year. A very similar dynamic is at play for regular (widebeam) capacity, wherein net additions are poised to grind to a halt over 2019-20 after averaging 10% supply growth over the past several years.  Click for remainder of article

Now on to Mobility News!

MSUA 2020 Satellite Mobility Innovation Award Contest

  • Top Mobility User Experience Innovation
  • Top Connected Mobile Platform Innovation
  • Top Government Mobility Innovation
  • Top Cybersecurity Innovation for Mobile Users
  • Top 5G Hybrid/Wireless Mobility Innovation
  • Company to Watch
  • New! Best Mobility Marketing Campaign

    Judging criteria can be found here and submissions to be sent to by February 21, 2010. Winners to be announced at MSUA's SATELLITE 2020 Mobility Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, March 10 at the Washington Convention Center.  Contest open to all MSUA members. 

MSUA's SATELLITE 2020 Mobility Innovation Awards Luncheon

Announcing Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Mark Matossian
Special Projects, Google

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m. 


•$75 per MSUA member
•$85 per non-MSUA member
•$700 per table (10)
•$350 per ½ table (5)

Individual tickets can be purchased online when registering for the SATELLITE 2020 conference and tables can be purchased by emailing

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OneWeb To Chinese Regulators: 3 Gateway Earth Stations On Chinese Territory Give You The Control You Want
Space Intel Report, Peter B. de Selding; January 13, 2020
OneWeb producing 2 satellites per day
Advanced Television, Chris Forrester; January 13, 2020
OneWeb partners Pacific Dataport for Arctic connectivity
Capacity Media,  Natalie Bannerman; January 16, 2020
OneWeb and SatixFy plan for digital technology pathway payload
The Digital Ship; January 14, 2020
ST Engineering partners SUTD to advance continuous learning in design thinking
Satellite Evolution Group; January 13, 2020
Thuraya to Present Satellite Solutions at the 12th International Petroleum Technology Conference
SatNews Daily; January 13, 2019
Orbit Develops New Multi-role 12-inch Ka-Band Airborne Terminal for Inmarsat
PRNewswire ; January 14, 2020 
Iridium eyes more Certus partners as new transceiver work progresses
Runway Girl Network, Mary Kirby; January 17, 2020
Iridium Receives Authorization to Provide GMDSS Service
Via Satelite, Rachel Jewett; January 14, 2020
CBA: “Incentivise us, and we will be speedy”
Advanced Television; Chris Forrester; January 15, 2020
Connectivity is Shaping the Digital Future of the Pacific Region
Via Satellite, John Turnbull, SES,; January 15, 2020
SES & Eutelsat “merger prospects higher”
Advanced Television; January 14, 2020
Viasat landmark in Ukraine
Broadband TV News, Chris Dziadul; January 16, 2020 
Luxembourg closes venture fund first round with $78M, co-investors include SES, OHB, Promus Ventures, BNP
Space Intel Report, Peter B. de Selding; January 16, 2020
C Band Alliance Proposes Mandatory C-Band Clearing Fee
Broadcasting & Cable, John Eggerton; January 17, 2020
Thales and Dassault Aviation to strengthen France's SIGINT capabilities
The Shephard News; January 15, 2020 
Here’s how just four satellites could provide worldwide internet
MIT Technology Review, Neel V. Patel; January 16, 2020
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OTHER MOBILITY NEWS - market intelligence!

Vertical Markets & Supply Chain


Bastian reaffirms Delta Air Lines’ free WiFi promise
Get Connected, Joanna Bailey; January 16, 2020
Schiebel CAMCOPTER® S-100 deployed for river pollution crisis in Malaysia
Satellite Evolution Group; January 13, 2020
Gogo, Hispasat Sign In-Flight Connectivity Capacity Deal
Via satellite, Rachel Jewett; January 16, 2020
CropX Acquires CropMetrics, Grows U.S. Precision Ag Footprint
Via Satellite, Rachel Jewett; January 13, 2020
Farmers Edge and Fairfax Brasil Partner to Bring Data-Driven Crop Insurance to Growers in Brazil
Associated Press; January 15, 2020
India-Brazil to share latest technologies in the agri sector
Financial Express; January 13, 2020 
Plant-powered sensor sends signal to space
European Space Agency; January 15, 2020
Satellite Enabled Iot Software Market Size, Share, Analysis, Applications, Sale, Growth Insight, Trends, Leaders, Services and Forecast to 2024
Expert Recorder; January 13, 2020
World premier: first plant-powered IoT sensor sends signal to space
Talk Satellite; January 14, 2020
Septentrio GNSS Tech to Integrate with NXP's V2X
Satnews Daily; January 13, 2020
Comtech upgrades Indian motorcycle's ride command system with customizable navigation to deliver a connected rider experience
Satellite Evolution Group; January 17, 2020
Ship Owners upgrade to HTS connectivity for seafarer communications
Riviera Maritime Media, Martyn Wingrove; January 16, 2020
IMO considers additions to global ship positioning system
Riviera Maritime Media, Martyn Wingrove; January 17, 2020
ClassNK: New Guidance for Autonomous Ships
MarineLink; January 9, 2020
BIRD Aerosystems completes first operational trial of OSCAR Maritime Domain Awareness Solution
Geospatial World; January 14, 2020
Ships’ operational technologies ‘left to the side’ when it comes to cyber protection, says cyber expert
The Digital Ship; January 16, 2020
Maritime Blue-Light Laser Discovered
Marine Technology News; January 6, 2020
Euroconsult forecasts satellite demand to experience a four-fold increase over the next ten years
Satellite Evolution Group; January 14, 2020 
Lockheed Martin Satellite Tests Space Mesh Networking
Via Satellite Rachel Jewett; January 16, 2020 
Lockheed Martin Ships Mobile Communications Satellite to Launch Site
PRNewswire; January 15, 2020 
AXESS CEO Targets New Verticals After Last Year’s Merger
Via Satellite, Mark Holmes; January 14, 2020
Antennas Direct Acquires Mohu, Becomes Largest OTA Antenna Company in U.S.
Via Satellite, Rachel Jewett; January 13, 2020
Northrop Demos Radio, Possible Multi Domain Key
Breaking Defense, Theresa Hitchens; January 13, 2020 
Telesat Teams with Ball Aerospace and General Dynamics Mission Systems – Companies will Demonstrate Cloud Processing and Data Operations with Telesat’s LEO Satellite Constellation for the U.S. Air Force
Talk Satellite; January 14, 2020
Royal Navy to begin unmanned mine hunting and surveying ops
Marine Professional; January 16, 2020
Raytheon helps with switch from MILSTAR to AEHF SATCOM in contract to design nuclear-hardened terminals
Military & Aerospace Electronics; January 17, 2020 
FCC’s O’Rielly suggests ‘G7-like’ alternative to ITU
FierceWireless, Bevin Fletcher; January 17, 2020 
Adjacent Industry & Other
Will Apple Upset The Applecart With Satellite Broadband?
TV Technology, Phil Kurz; January 17, 2020 
China’s GalaxySpace Launches Broadband Satellite into Orbit
Pandaily; January 16, 2020
How I Stayed Connected on an African Safari Using an Affordable Satellite Terminal
CEPro, Bjørn Jensen; January 14, 2020
Can new satellite constellations bridge the digital divide?
Smart Cities World, Christian Mildner; January 13, 2020
How Elon Musk's 'UFO on a stick' devices may turn SpaceX internet subscribers into the Starlink satellite network's secret weapon
Business Insider, Dave Mosher; January 10, 2020
Seaborn announces high capacity connectivity to key global internet exchange locations
Satellite Evolution Group; January 16, 2020
China launches Yinhe-1 commercial low Earth orbit 5G satellite
SpaceNews, Andrew Jones; January 16, 2020 
Samsung Buys TeleWorld Solutions to Accelerate 5G in the U.S.
Via Satellite, Rachel Jewett; January 13, 2020
Asia-Pacific to be the Leading Region for 5G Tech Adoption
Satnews Daily; January 13, 2020
Weather experts call for further dialogue to limit 5G impact on weather forecasting
SpaceNews, Debra Werner; January 14, 2020 
The Role of 5G in Government, Brian Wright; January 17, 2020

Smart Connected Airports: Brussels Airport Innovates with Private 5G Network
Interesting Engineering, Susan Fourtané; January 13, 2020
Sprint’s Curiosity IoT networks resemble private LTE networks
FierceWireless, Linda Hardesty; January 17, 2020 
Genwave Technologies Acquires GWI Telecom
Washington Times Herald; January 17, 2020 
Spectrum Shift: Anterix Says It's Not Another Ligado
Light Reading, Mike Dano; January 16, 2020
Private LTE Market Complete Analysis by: Nokia, Ericsson, Huawei, NEC, Verizon, Cisco
Dagoretti News; January 17, 2020
Industrial Iot Networking
Water & Wastes Digest, Reno Moccia & Ray Sojka; January 14, 2020
Denver communications company teams up with Boeing on technology called a “game changer”
The Denver Post, Judith Kohler; January 16, 2020
Foreign Providers Play China Card in US 5G Gambit
Light Reading, Mike Dano; January 14, 2020
Launch of satellite phones signal for new high-tech era
China Daily; January 16, 2020
Spectrum Shift: Anterix Says It's Not Another Ligado
Light Reading, Mike Dano; January 16, 2020
Space Industry Investments Hit Record High As Venture Capital Seeks The Next SpaceX
Forbes, Alex Knapp; January 16, 2020 
What Serving The Internet’s ‘Underserved’ Means For Payments;  January 17, 2020
PoPular for a reason
Data Center Dynamics, Shashi Kiran; January 17, 2020

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