Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) Market Size, Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2019 - 2025
Report ID: GMI2901
Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) Market size is driven by the increasing demand for mobility and advancements in digital technologies, leading to the introduction of new capabilities by the existing MSS that include improved data and multimedia access. Mobile satellite services refer to the network that provides two-way voice and data communication to users located in any remote location. The satellite communication systems are becoming an integral part of telecommunication networks as these systems also offer several advantages to users, including a wide network coverage and uniform performance, irrespective of the location and useful in disaster response systems. The satellite system’s ability to deliver communication capabilities independent of terrestrial assets makes it a key component of connectivity in emergency situations. The advancement in satellite technologies with the introduction of high accuracy GNSS receivers, GPS systems, and sensors is expected to boost the growth of the MSS market.
Another factor that has fueled the mobile satellite services market growth includes the rapid adoption of mobile satellite and cellular services in emergency and disaster situations. As the deployment of wireless communications is one of the first priorities in emergency response, satellite communication systems are the only communications infrastructure that is not susceptible to damage from disasters. Also, MSS are also used in many countries to provide seismic data to government agencies to enable early warnings before the occurrence of disasters.
The marine & defense sector is expected to witness a higher adoption of MSS during the forecast timeline due to the introduction of many satellite and cellular service systems. For instance, in March 2018, COMSAT teamed up with Iridium to provide secure global communications to government & military users. Under the partnership, the COMSAT leveraged the benefits of Iridium network, including on-the-move connectivity, providing services that meet the communications security requirements for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) such as personnel tracking, and real-time environmental assessment. In January 2015, the U.S. Navy launched military communications satellite to improve its tactical communications capabilities.
North America is projected to dominate the mobile satellite services market size due to the advanced technological infrastructure and the improved network connectivity. The government agencies have also taken significant efforts to introduce new satellite and navigation systems, which have further triggered the growth of the satcom industry. For instance, in June 2018, the U.S. Air Force awarded a contract of USD 130 million to SpaceX for the launch of Air Force Space Command Satellite (AFSPC)-52 satellites in the late FY2020.
Asia Pacific is estimated to show a faster adoption rate toward the mobile satellite and cellular services due to the advancements in digital infrastructure and the increased efforts taken by the government regarding the implementation of the 5G technology. The proliferation of IoT platforms and smartphones will also lead to an increase in the demand for space-based communication systems. To unleash the potential of IoT, the demand for satellite-based solutions will increase as these systems can easily handle widespread connectivity challenges.
Some of the leading players in the mobile satellite services market are Globalstar, Singtel, Iridium Communications, EchoStar, Telstra, Inmarsat plc, ORBCOMM, ViaSat, and INTELSAT. The leading players are focusing on strategic agreements to cater to the needs of their business customers. For instance, in January 2017, Inmarsat plc through its distribution partner Global Beam Telecom entered into a multi-year agreement with Tecbuy and Virgin Megastores in the UAE to sell the company’s GSPS IsatPhone Satellite phones and IsatHub terminals to customers in the UAE. The mobile satellite system allows customers to stay connected using one device and one SIM. The agreement helped to foster Inmarsat’s commitment to providing reliable connectivity coupled with the latest advancements in the satellite technology. In April 2016, Globalstar Europe and Manx Telecom partnered to launch the integrated mobile satellite and cellular services to help disaster response teams. The new system, Extended Mobile Network (EMX), maintains connectivity through switching between cellular and satellite and also makes use of Smart SIM technology to use alternative connections from other cellular providers if cut-off from the primary operator.
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