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Government and Military Satellite Communications, 11th Edition

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NSR's Government and Military Satellite Communications, 11th Edition (GMSC11), is the longest-running assessment of the global demand, trends, and outlook of government and military use of commercial satellite communications. Building on a decade of data and analysis, GMSC 11 presents readers with an in-depth look at application drivers, regional conditions, and capacity demand over the next ten years.


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As ongoing budget constraints cut through all aspects of the government and military market, navigating the optimum balance of proprietary versus commercial, bulk versus managed, and one frequency versus another is at the forefront of every procurement decision. The report addresses the interplay of these variables, producing a bottom-up evaluation of the state of the market.


GMSC 11 features more detailed and event-driven scenarios than ever before, analyzing the market from a series of various "what ifs" to explore the impact of potential events and policy changes on government and military satcom procurement, providing actionable information and perspective to players.

Key Questions:

  • How could the shift from "boots on the ground" to "eyes in the sky" alter the type and amount of capacity procured
  • Will short-term bulk leasing continue to dominate the market, or will governments take more steps towards managed services and consolidating operations
  • How will reduced budgets impact satcom procurement moving forward
  • Can HTS make a play against traditional FSS capacity
  • What role will proprietary government and military satellites play over the next decade
  • What will the growing demand for ISR and increasingly high-resolution sensor suites mean for regional capacity demand

Key Features

Report Segmentation

  • NSR's Government and Military Satellite Communications, 11th Edition, is divided into 5 market segments with further segmentation by region, by frequency band, by type of capacity, and by customer. Data and forecasts are provided on:

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The report includes:

  • A base forecast of in-service units and revenues for all managed services
  • Transponder/Capacity demand and revenues forecast for each frequency band and HTS, including bulk leasing and managed services
  • Three additional scenarios for all market segments and frequency bands, with clearly stated scenario assumptions
  • FSS/MSS Operator 2013 Market Share and Service Provider 2013 Market Share
  • Proprietary satellite capacity supply, current and planned
  • Regional demand and spending trends on satellite communications
  • United Nations and NGO market assessment
  • Assessment of potential changes in procurement strategy and novel approaches to obtaining satellite communications

Regions Covered

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • Middle East & Africa
  • Asia
  • Atlantic Ocean Region
  • Indian Ocean Region
  • Pacific Ocean Region

Who Should Purchase this Report:

  • Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) and Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) Operators
  • Service Providers and Capacity Resellers
  • Equipment Manufacturers
  • Satellite Manufacturers
  • Companies involved in the planning and advising of commercial satellite capacity for government and military applications
  • Government regulators and agencies involved in procurement, planning, and operations of satellite communications network

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

1. Global Market Overview

  • State of the Market
  • Trends
  • Current Debates
  • Geopolitical Context
  • Where's the growth

2. Revenues & Market Share

  • FSS Operators
  • MSS Operators
  • Service Providers

3. Government and Military Programs

  • MILSATCOM Utilization
  • MILSATCOM Programs
  • MILSATCOM Supply Analysis
  • Timeline of MILSATCOM Launches

4. Budget and Procurement Outlook

  • Regional Outlook
  • Alliances & Collation Efforts
  • Humanitarian & NGO Markets
  • Novel Approaches
  • Procurement Processes
  • Bottom Line

5. Global Market Forecast

  • Trends & Outlook
  • In-service Units & Revenues
  • Transponder and Capacity Demand & Revenues
  • Comparison to Previous Forecasts

6. NSR's Scenarios

  • Core Assumptions
  • Scenario 1 - "More Boots on the Ground"
  • Scenario 2 - "What Sequester "
  • Scenario 3 - "That Sequester"

7. Bulk Leasing

  • Market Summary
  • -band
  • Ku-band
  • Ka-band
  • X-band
  • GEO-HTS
  • MEO-HTS
  • Comparison to Previous Bulk Leasing Forecasts
  • Forecast Overview

8. MSS Narrowband

  • Market Summary
  • Handhelds
  • Land-Mobile
  • Maritime
  • Aeronautical
  • Other Form Factors
  • Comparison to Previous MSS Narrowband Forecasts
  • Forecast Overview

9. Fixed VSAT

  • Market Summary
  • Ku-band
  • X-band
  • GEO-HTS
  • Comparison to Previous Fixed VSAT Forecasts
  • Forecast Overview

10. Comms-on-the-Pause

  • Market Summary
  • Ku-band
  • Ka-band
  • X-band
  • GEO-HTS
  • L-band
  • Comparison to Previous COTP Forecasts
  • Forecast Overview

11. Comms-on-the-Move

  • Market Summary
  • Land-Mobile
  • Summary by Region
  • Summary by Frequency Band
  • Comparison to Previous COTM Land-Mobile Forecasts
  • Maritime
  • Summary by Region
  • Summary by Frequency Band
  • Comparison to Previous COTM Maritime Forecasts
  • Aeronautical
  • Summary by Region
  • Summary by Frequency Band
  • Comparison to Previous COTM Aeronautical Forecasts
  • UAV
  • Summary by Region
  • Summary by Frequency Band
  • Comparison to Previous COTM UAV Forecasts
  • Forecast Overview

Annex. Forecast Methodology

List of Exhibits

  • Global GMSC In-Service Units, by Region
  • Global GMSC Revenues, by Managed Service Market Segment
  • Global GMSC Transponder and Capacity Demand by Frequency Band
  • Satellite Operators Gov/Mil Market Share, 2013
  • Service Providers Gov/Mil Market Share, 2013
  • GMSC Global In-service Units Variance, by Scenario
  • GMSC Global Capacity Revenues Variance, by Scenario
  • FSS Bulk Leasing, by Scenario
  • FSS Bulk Leasing, by Region
  • FSS & HTS Bulk Leasing, by Frequency Band
  • Global Narrowband In-service Units, by Scenario
  • Narrowband Total Retail Revenues, by Region
  • Narrowband In-service Units, by Platform
  • Global Fixed VSAT In-service Units, by Scenario
  • Fixed VSAT Total Retail Revenues, by Region
  • Fixed VSAT Transponder and Capacity Demand
  • COTP In-service Units, by Scenario
  • COTP Total Retail Revenues, by Region
  • COTP Transponder and Capacity Demand
  • GMSC COTM Global In-service Units, by Scenario
  • GMSC COTM Global Retail Revenues, by COTM Vertical
  • GMSC COTM Global Capacity Demand
  • Global GMSC Transponder and Capacity Demand
  • Transponder and Capacity Demand, 2009-2013
  • Global FSS Capacity Demand, by Market Segment, 2013
  • FSS Operators Gov/Mil Market Share, 2013
  • FSS Operators Gov/Mil Revenues
  • MSS Operators Gov/Mil Market Share, 2013
  • MSS Operators Gov/Mil Revenues
  • Service Providers Gov/Mil Market Share, 2013
  • Service Providers Gov/Mil Market Share by Revenue
  • Table: Key Military Satellite Communications Programs
  • MILSATCOM Supply
  • Total System Capacity
  • UN Peacekeeping Mission Deployments
  • UN Peacekeeping Mission Funding
  • Gov/Mil 1-50 kg Satellites Launched, by Application*
  • Global FSS Capacity Demand, by Market Segment, 2013
  • Global FSS Capacity Demand, by Market Segment, 2023
  • Table: Global Government & Military In-service Units & Revenue Summary
  • Global GMSC In-Service Units, by Frequency Band
  • Global GMSC In-Service Units, by Region
  • Global GMSC In-Service Units, by Market Segment
  • Global GMSC Total Retail Revenues, by Region
  • Global GMSC Revenues, by Market Segment
  • Global GMSC Retail & Wholesale Revenues
  • Table: Global Government & Military Transponder & Capacity Summary
  • Global GMSC Transponder and Capacity Demand by Frequency Band
  • Global GMSC FSS Transponder Demand, by Region
  • Global GMSC HTS Capacity Demand, by Region
  • Global GMSC FSS Transponder Demand by Market Segment
  • Global GMSC HTS Capacity Demand by Market Segment
  • Global GMSC Transponder and Capacity Revenues by Frequency Band
  • Global GMSC FSS & HTS Transponder Revenues by Market Segment
  • Comparison of Global GMSC In-Service Units Forecasts
  • Comparison of Global GMSC Retail Revenue Forecasts
  • Comparison of Global GMSC Transponder Demand Forecasts
  • Comparison of Global GMSC HTS Bandwidth Demand Forecasts
  • Bulk Leasing Transponder & Capacity Demand, Scenario 1
  • Bulk Leasing Capacity Revenues, Scenario 1
  • MSS Narrowband In-service Units, Scenario 1
  • MSS Narrowband Total Retail Revenues, Scenario 1
  • Fixed VSAT In-service Units, Scenario 1
  • Fixed VSAT Total Retail Revenues, Scenario 1
  • Fixed VSAT Transponder & Capacity Demand, Scenario 1
  • COTP In-service Units, Scenario 1
  • COTP Total Retail Revenues, Scenario 1
  • COTP Transponder & Capacity Demand, Scenario 1
  • GMSC COTM Global In-service Units, by Scenario 1
  • COTM Total Retail Revenues, Scenario 1
  • COTM Transponder & Capacity Demand, Scenario 1
  • Bulk Leasing Transponder & Capacity Demand, Scenario 2
  • Bulk Leasing Capacity Revenues, Scenario 2
  • MSS Narrowband In-service Units, Scenario 2
  • MSS Narrowband Total Retail Revenues, Scenario 2
  • Fixed VSAT In-service Units, Scenario 2
  • Fixed VSAT Total Retail Revenues, Scenario 2
  • Fixed VSAT Transponder & Capacity Demand, Scenario 2
  • COTP In-service Units, Scenario 2
  • COTP Total Retail Revenues, Scenario 2
  • COTP Transponder & Capacity Demand, Scenario 2
  • COTM In-service Units, Scenario 2
  • COTM Total Retail Revenues, Scenario 2
  • COTM Transponder & Capacity Demand, Scenario 2
  • Bulk Leasing Transponder & Capacity Demand, Scenario 3
  • Bulk Leasing Capacity Revenues, Scenario 3
  • MSS Narrowband In-service Units, Scenario 3
  • MSS Narrowband Total Retail Revenues, Scenario 3
  • Fixed VSAT In-service Units, Scenario 3
  • Fixed VSAT Total Retail Revenues, Scenario 3
  • Fixed VSAT Transponder & Capacity Demand, Scenario 3
  • COTP In-service Units, Scenario 3
  • COTP Total Retail Revenues, Scenario 3
  • COTP Transponder & Capacity Demand, Scenario 3
  • COTM In-service Units, Scenario 3
  • COTM Total Retail Revenues, Scenario 3
  • COTM Transponder & Capacity Demand, Scenario 3
  • Table: Global Government & Military Bulk Leasing Market Summary
  • FSS Bulk Leasing, by Region
  • HTS Bulk Leasing, by Region
  • FSS & HTS Bulk Leasing Revenues, by Region
  • FSS & HTS Bulk Leasing, by Frequency Band
  • FSS & HTS Bulk Leasing Revenues, by Frequency Band
  • Bulk Leasing C-band Transponder Demand
  • C-Band Bulk Leasing Revenues
  • Bulk Leasing Ku-band Transponder Demand
  • Ku-Band Bulk Leasing Revenues
  • Ka-Band Bulk Leasing, by Scenario
  • Ka-Band Bulk Leasing Revenues
  • Ka-Band Bulk Leasing, by Region
  • Bulk Leasing X-band Transponder Demand
  • X-Band Bulk Leasing Revenues
  • GEO-HTS Bulk Leasing, by Region
  • GEO-HTS Bulk Leasing Revenues
  • MEO-HTS Bulk Leasing
  • MEO-HTS Bulk Leasing Revenues
  • Comparison of Bulk Leasing Transponder Demand
  • Comparison of Bulk Leasing Capacity Revenues
  • FSS Bulk Leasing, by Scenario
  • FSS Bulk Leasing, by Region
  • FSS & HTS Bulk Leasing, by Frequency Band
  • Table: Global Government & Military MSS Narrowband Market Summary
  • Global Narrowband In-service Units, by Region
  • Narrowband Total Retail Revenues by Region
  • Narrowband In-service Units by Platform
  • Narrowband Total Retail Revenues by Platform
  • Satellite Handhelds In-service Units, by Scenario
  • Satellite Handhelds Total Retail Revenues
  • Land Mobile Narrowband In-service Units, by Scenario
  • Land Mobile Narrowband Total Retail Revenues
  • Maritime Narrowband In-service Units, by Scenario
  • Maritime Narrowband Total Retail Revenues
  • Aeronautical Narrowband In-service Units, by Scenario
  • Aeronautical Narrowband In-service Units, by Region
  • Aeronautical Narrowband Total Retail Revenues
  • Other MSS Form Factors In-service Units, by Scenario
  • Other MSS Form Factors Total Retail Revenues
  • Comparison of Narrowband In-service Units
  • Comparison of Narrowband Total Retail Revenues
  • Global Narrowband In-service Units, by Scenario
  • Narrowband Total Retail Revenues by Region
  • Narrowband In-service Units by Platform
  • Table: Global Government & Military Fixed VSAT Market Summary
  • Table: Global Government & Military Fixed VSAT Revenue Summary
  • Fixed VSAT In-service Units, by Region
  • Fixed VSAT Total Retail Revenues, by Region
  • Fixed VSAT Ku and X-band Capacity Revenues, by Region
  • Fixed VSAT In-service Units, by Frequency Band
  • Fixed VSAT Total Retail Revenues by Frequency Band
  • Fixed VSAT TPE and Capacity Demand
  • Fixed VSAT Ku-band In-service Units
  • Fixed VSAT Ku-band Total Retail Revenues
  • Fixed VSAT X-band In-service Units
  • Fixed VSAT X-band Total Retail Revenues
  • Fixed VSAT GEO-HTS In-service Units
  • Fixed VSAT GEO-HTS Total Retail Revenues
  • Comparison of Fixed VSAT In-service Units Forecasts
  • Comparison of Fixed VSAT Total Retail Revenue Forecasts
  • Comparison Fixed VSAT Transponder Demand Forecasts
  • Comparison of Fixed VSAT HTS Capacity Demand Forecasts
  • Global Fixed VSAT In-service Units, by Scenario
  • Fixed VSAT Total Retail Revenues, by Region
  • Fixed VSAT Transponder and Capacity Demand
  • Table: Global Government & Military COTP Market Summary
  • Table: Global Government & Military COTP Revenues Summary
  • COTP In-service Units, by Region
  • COTP Total Retail Revenues, by Region
  • COTP In-service Units, by Frequency Band
  • COTP Total Retail Revenues, by Frequency Band
  • COTP TPE and Capacity Demand
  • COTP Ku-band In-service Units, by Scenario
  • COTP Ku-band Total Retail Revenues
  • COTP Ka-band In-service Units, by Scenario
  • COTP Ka-band Capacity Demand
  • COTP Ka-band Retail and Wholesale Revenues
  • COTP X-band In-service Units, by Scenario
  • COTP X-band Total Retail Revenues
  • COTP GEO-HTS In-service Units, by Scenario
  • COTP GEO-HTS Total Retail Revenues
  • COTP L-band In-service Units, by Scenario
  • COTP L-band Total Retail Revenues
  • Comparison of COTP In-service Units Forecasts
  • Comparison of COTP Total Retail Revenue Forecasts
  • Comparison of COTP Transponder Demand Forecasts
  • Comparison of COTP GEO-HTS Capacity Demand Forecasts
  • COTP In-service Units, by Scenario
  • COTP Total Retail Revenues, by Region
  • COTP Transponder and Capacity Demand
  • Table: Global Government & Military COTM Market Summary
  • Table: Global Government & Military COTM Revenues Summary
  • GMSC COTM Global In-service Units, by Region
  • GMSC COTM Global Total Retail Revenues
  • GMSC COTM Global In-service Units, by COTM Vertical
  • GMSC COTM Global Retail Revenues, by COTM Vertical
  • GMSC COTM Land-Mobile In-service Units, by Region
  • GMSC COTM Land-Mobile Total Retail Revenues
  • GMSC COTM Land-Mobile In-service Units, by Capacity
  • GMSC COTM Land-Mobile Retail Revenues, by Capacity
  • GMSC COTM Land-Mobile Capacity Demand
  • Comparison of Global GMSC COTM Land-Mobile In-Service Units Forecasts
  • Comparison of Global GMSC COTM Land-Mobile Retail Revenues Forecasts
  • GMSC COTM Maritime In-service Units, by Region
  • GMSC COTM Maritime Total Retail Revenues
  • GMSC COTM Maritime In-service Units, by Capacity
  • GMSC COTM Maritime Retail Revenues, by Capacity
  • GMSC COTM Maritime Capacity Demand
  • Comparison of Global GMSC COTM Maritime In-Service Units Forecasts
  • Comparison of Global GMSC COTM Maritime Retail Revenues Forecasts
  • GMSC COTM Aeronautical In-service Units, by Region
  • GMSC COTM Aeronautical Total Retail Revenues
  • GMSC COTM Aeronautical In-service Units, by Capacity
  • GMSC COTM Aeronautical Retail Revenues, by Capacity
  • GMSC COTM Aeronautical Capacity Demand
  • Comparison of Global GMSC Aeronautical In-Service Units Forecasts
  • Comparison of Global GMSC Aeronautical Retail Revenues Forecasts
  • GMSC COTM UAVs In-service Units, by Region
  • GMSC COTM UAVs Total Retail Revenues
  • GMSC COTM UAVs In-service Units, by Capacity
  • GMSC COTM UAVs Retail Revenues, by Capacity
  • GMSC COTM UAVs Capacity Demand
  • Comparison of Global GMSC COTM UAV In-Service Units Forecasts
  • Comparison of Global GMSC COTM UAV Retail Revenues Forecasts
  • GMSC COTM Global In-service Units, by Scenario
  • GMSC COTM Global Retail Revenues, by COTM Vertical
  • GMSC COTM Global Capacity Demand
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