Satellite demand to grow annually by 3.2 percent, says report

Demand for commercial Ku- and C-band capacity will grow globally at an average annual rate of 3.2 percent, according to a new forecast and report from Northern Sky Research (NSR).

Nearly 900 more transponders will be needed to provide the capacity required between 2005 and 2011, according to NSR’s “Global Assessment of Satellite Demand, 3rd Edition: A Demand-Driven, Region-Specific Analysis of the Commercial Geostationary Satellite Transponder Market for 2005-2011.”

Broadcasting and video services will generate 80 cents of every new dollar generated by the commercial satellite sector over the next six years, according to Patrick French, senior analyst for NSR and author of the report.

The regions with “particularly strong” growth include North America, South Asia and Central and Eastern Europe, he said. Expanded use of commercial satellite capacity for direct-to-home and other consumer video services is driving the growth.

The NSR study provides a highly granular evaluation of demand for C-, Ku- and Ka-band satellite transponder capacity for seven specific satellite applications in 12 regional markets. The applications include video distribution, direct-to-home, video contribution and occasional use television, telephony and carrier, broadband, narrowband VSAT and a group of other niche satellite services.

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