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  • The Last DTH Frontier

    Jul 23rd, 2013 by Blaine Curcio   More from this Analyst | Profile

    Sub-Saharan Africa will provide tremendous opportunities for DTH platforms over the coming years. These opportunities will be driven by: 1) very low TV household penetration rates currently, 2) economic development and population increases, and 3) the current hole in the market where a low-cost, low-margin, almost “India-esque” operator should be. For these reasons, Sub-Saharan Africa may be primed for a period of considerable growth in the DTH industry.

    NSR’s most recent DTH study,

  • The EO commoditization trend has certainly progressed.  As SkyBox Imaging prepares its first two satellite launches in 2013 with a final constellation count of 24+ 100kg-class satellites delivering 1m imagery, PlanetLabs’ recently announced its plans for a constellation of 28 nanosatellites (≈6kg each) providing 3 to 5 m imagery.

    SkyBox Imaging and PlanetLabs mainly compete on their imagery pricing and revisit-time. As virtually no information is publicly available on both companies’…

  • Recent news about military airborne programs that support intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) may provide hope that the doldrums due to budget reductions may not last as long as expected in the aeronautical milsatcom market.

    The U.S. Navy’s P-8A Poseidon, which replaces the P-3C Orion turbo-prop, passed an important milestone in early July when it was declared ready to operate after three years of testing.  This customized version of the Boeing 737-800 is outfitted with…