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Global Satellite Communication (SATCOM) Market - Growth, Trends, Forecast(2022 - 2027)

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Global Satellite Communication (SATCOM) Market - Growth, Trends, Forecast(2022 - 2027)
Published: January 17, 2022
Mordor Intelligence Pvt Ltd
Content info: 170 Pages
Delivery time: 2-3 business days
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The global satellite communication (SATCOM) market is expected to witness a CAGR of 6.9% during the forecast period, 2021-2026. The pandemic is expected to have a significant impact on the satellite communication industry. The industry is dependent on government contracts in various areas, such as Earth Observation, including the highly reliable and survivable nature of satellite communications services. These are essential services for disaster communications and backup services, which protected the industry from some of the more severe impacts of the global pandemic.

Key Highlights

  • Satellite communication is being used for various applications across industries, such as media broadcasting, the extension of broadband coverage, the setting up of 5G communications systems, integration and convergence of diverse wired and wireless technologies, earth observation, defense, and security, and surveillance applications. There has been an increasing demand for connectivity requirements for users on aircraft, ships, and vehicles operating at fixed locations and in motion. They need continuous connectivity along their travel routes, which often take them through unserved parts of major metropolitan and less densely populated areas. Such instances are expected to support the growth of the market in the forecasted period.
  • Factors, like the rising demand for mobile broadband, the growing use of smartphones and smart wearable devices, and the surging demand for mobile video adoption, are expected to drive the growth of 5G over the forecast period, which is anticipated to give further growth opportunities to the market studied. Additionally, advancements in miniaturization, connected technologies, robust network environment, low power computing, radio frequency identification, and M2M communication are anticipated to drive the satellite communication market.
  • The use of satellite communications in commercial aviation and commercial satellite imagery-based services is one of the key factors expected to drive the growth of the ground equipment due to the increased number of satellite ground stations supporting various activities, such as augmented satellite-based navigation and high-throughput satellite communication services.
  • Moreover, nanosatellites are gaining popularity, owing to their wide range of applicability. These are satellites with a mass less than or equal to 10 kg. The recent advancements in optics and communication technologies have been improving the capabilities of smaller spacecraft for remote sensing and imaging. The rising government interest, coupled with the increasing maturity of the technology, is also expected to attract companies to invest in satellite communication technologies in the coming years.
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, satellites provided defense agencies, like the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Defense (DoD), with various crucial services, such as critical communication, remote sensing, and other services, across the world. The DHS also announced the satellite operations as an essential part of the functioning of crucial infrastructures during the response to the COVID-19 emergency for public health, safety, and community well-being.

Key Market Trends

Integration of Satellite and 5G Networks for Connected Environments

Satellite communication has continued to be a unique technology, independent of mobile networking. With the next generation of satellites built from the 5G architecture, they are likely to be integrating with networks to manage connectivity to cars, vessels, airplanes, and other IoT devices in remote and rural areas. Satellite communications play an essential role in extending 5G cellular networks to hard-to-reach and rural areas, especially in regions of the planet traditionally beyond the reach of cellular companies.

SATCOM is an integral enabler of the 5G connectivity concept and may facilitate universal connectivity while driving network efficiencies forward. Companies, such as Gilat, have been a member of the SaT5G European project, which contributed satellite communication-related aspects into future releases of 5G standards.

Combining satellites with 5G infrastructure enhances the quality of experience (QoE) of high-capacity applications. Satellites can save valuable spectrum and improve the resilience of each network by intelligently routing and offloading traffic. Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Satellites may play a crucial part in extending cellular 5G networks to sea, air, and other remote areas that small cell networks cannot cover. They can extend 5G services from the city to airplanes, cruise liners, and other vehicles in remote locations. IoT sensors and M2M connections on farms and remote worksites like mines can also benefit from the broad coverage areas offered by 5G satellites.

Furthermore, new developments in the satellite communications eco-system have succeeded previous limitations, such as the new generation of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites and technical advances in Geostationary (GEO) satellite that provide high throughput and improvements. By focusing on the benefits of satellite networks, various companies have been opening up the market for 5G by demonstrating that satellite networks can be brought into the system efficiently and quickly to benefit both network operators and end-users. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, there are 3,372 active artificial satellites orbiting the Earth as of January 1, 2021.

In July 2021, Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales and Leonardo, partnered with Hellas Sat to perform a 5G demonstration in Greece in the presence of the Ministry of Digital Governance. Hellas Sat aims to provide a 5G network to remote areas in Greece and Cyprus. For this, it is backhauling the connection between a 5G Core Network and a 5G gNB through Hellas Sat 3/Inmarsat S EAN satellite (a geostationary telecommunication satellite). The Hellas Sat 3 payload used for this demo delivers DTH (Direct To Home) and Telecom services in Europe, Middle East, and Southern Africa.

Various companies recognized the potential of private satellite constellations to provide internet connectivity to rural areas and satisfy the global networking services of tomorrow. For instance, London-based OneWeb recently launched 34 OneWeb satellites into orbit, the first of 10 launches in 2020. OneWeb plans to officially open for business in 2021 and begin by selling services to governments and corporate customers that provide internet service to airplanes, boats, and other vessels.

North America is Expected to Hold a Significant Market Share

North America dominated the market, especially due to the rising demand for continuous communication by the defense industry and increased demand for SATCOM equipment by the US defense department. Satellite communication services are also increasingly being used by the military and defense forces to establish or increase connectivity across various assets of the forces, such as fighter planes. Moreover, the increased need for high-throughput satellite services and the increasing adoption of cloud-based services for ground mobility platforms are some other factors supporting the growth of the segment in the region.

The government agencies in North America have also been making significant efforts to introduce new satellite and navigation systems that are expected to boost the growth of the satellite communication industry. North America has a large coastal area that requires continuous monitoring. The increasing commercial activities and trade in the region are propelling the need for maritime safety and surveillance, driving the growth of the market in the region.

The United States also launched its fifth Advanced Extremely High-Frequency spacecraft (AEHF-5), a secure military communications satellite that is likely to provide jam-proof communications, including real-time video, between the US National Leadership and Deployed Military Forces. The region also has the highest number of satellites, thus, creating many opportunities for the North American satellite communications providers.

In order to deliver innovative SATCOM solutions to the US Government, various vendors in the region have been partnering to develop better satellite communications solutions. For instance, in April 2021, Honeywell and Inmarsat made an agreement to develop and deliver innovative commercial satellite communications (COMSATCOM) solutions to the US government. These solutions may focus on fixed-wing and non-fixed-wing aeronautical platforms operating, worldwide, including in Arctic regions.

Some vendors in the region have also been focusing on designing satellite communications solutions to meet the needs of the Canadian Armed Forces. In May 2021, Inmarsat built CAD 1 million facilities in Ottawa, Canada, which is a fully managed services facility that provides training, tech development, and secure facilities for government departments. Such instances are expected to bring further growth opportunities to the market in the region.

The US coastal waters are most vulnerable due to their open borders. This nature of the vast maritime domain of the US faces critical threats from terrorism, criminal activities, and natural disasters. The underlying threat poses unique and critical challenges in enforcing maritime safety, as illegal activities may happen from all directions across the country's maritime borders, if there is no proper system for detection and identification. The factors mentioned above are anticipated to influence the market studied in the region during the forecast period.

Competitive Landscape

The global satellite communication (SATCOM) market has few significant players, like Thales Group, Inmarsat Communications, Iridium Communications Inc., Gilat Satellite Networks, and Orbcomm. These major players have been primarily focusing on expanding their customer base by leveraging strategic collaborative initiatives to increase their market share and profitability. With better technological advancements and product innovations, mid-size to smaller companies are also growing their market presence by securing new contracts and tapping new markets.

  • June 2021 - Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio, the joint ventures between Leonardo and Thales, signed a contract with the Italian Ministry of Defense to develop the SICRAL 3 secure satellite communications system, including its ground segment. TELEDIFE/ Secretariat General of Defense represented this contract, which is worth a total of approximately EUR 159 million.
  • June 2021 - Iridium Communications Inc. was awarded an R&D contract worth up to USD 30 million by the United States Army (Army) to develop a payload to be hosted on small satellites that supports navigation systems, guidance, and control for the global positioning system (GPS) and GPS-denied precision systems. Payload is intended to support the concept of a rapidly deployable smallsat constellation to provide better sensor-to-soldier data transmission. The payload is based on Iridium Burst technology, transmitting data to millions of enabled devices from space.
  • May 2021 - Inmarsat was selected to be a key member of a new consortium led by Telespazio to study the development of a satellite navigation and communications network that supports future missions to the moon. The project is funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) to explore creating a single system that may serve all lunar missions, drastically reducing the cost of each trip that may no longer need its infrastructure to be developed.

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  • 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition
  • 1.2 Scope of the Study




  • 4.1 Market Overview
  • 4.2 Market Drivers
    • 4.2.1 Increase in Internet of Things (IoT) and Autonomous Systems
    • 4.2.2 Rise in Demand for Military and Defense Satellite Communication Solutions
  • 4.3 Market Restraints
    • 4.3.1 Cybersecurity Threats to Satellite Communication
    • 4.3.2 Interference in Transmission of Data
  • 4.4 Value Chain Analysis
  • 4.5 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis
    • 4.5.1 Bargaining Power of Buyers
    • 4.5.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
    • 4.5.3 Threat of New Entrants
    • 4.5.4 Threat of Substitutes
    • 4.5.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
  • 4.6 Assessment of Impact of COVID-19 on the Market


  • 5.1 By Type
    • 5.1.1 Ground Equipment (Gateway, Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) Equipment, Network Operation Center (NOC), and Satellite News Gathering (SNG) Equipment)
    • 5.1.2 Service (Mobile Satellite Services (MSS), Fixed Satellite Services, and Earth Observation Services)
  • 5.2 By End-user Vertical
    • 5.2.1 Maritime
    • 5.2.2 Defense and Government
    • 5.2.3 Enterprises
    • 5.2.4 Other End-user Verticals
  • 5.3 By Geography
    • 5.3.1 North America
    • 5.3.2 Europe
    • 5.3.3 Asia Pacific
    • 5.3.4 Latin America
    • 5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa


  • 6.1 Company Profiles
    • 6.1.1 Thales Group
    • 6.1.2 Inmarsat Communications
    • 6.1.3 Iridium Communications Inc.
    • 6.1.4 Gilat Satellite Networks
    • 6.1.5 Orbcomm Inc.
    • 6.1.6 Cobham PLC
    • 6.1.7 Thuraya Telecommunications Company
    • 6.1.8 ViaSat Inc.
    • 6.1.9 VT iDirect Inc.
    • 6.1.10 L3Harris Technologies Inc.
    • 6.1.11 Advantech Wireless
    • 6.1.12 KVH Industries Inc.