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Archive: April 2015 (X)

  • As in-flight connectivity grows at double-digit rates over the next decade, the competitive aero environment is intensifying especially on 2 fronts: throughput and volume. This entails offering ever more bandwidth per plane and increasing volume via line-fit of aircraft.

    The recent Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg saw in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) front and center with many stories emerging from the show; however, two news items hinted to where the market is headed in…

  • The Constellation Question is on the mind of the entire satcom industry – Will these new systems cannibalize existing and planned HTS offerings?  And, how will key markets like the Oil & Gas/Mining/Electrical Utility sectors respond?

    There is no doubt of the potential for disruption, if even one of these new systems come online in the next ten years there will be a significant amount of new capacity to enter the market.  According to NSR’s latest tally, announced HTS supply from GEO,…

  • A peek into the RFPs issued to prime satellite manufacturers over the last year quickly shows how far the industry has come from the cookie-cutter satellites of past decades. Similarly, manufacturer portfolios have developed into a diverse set of options that enable an operator to tailor the spacecraft to their unique demands more than ever before.

    In some ways this is the natural evolution of a market that only began in earnest 30 years ago. Yet the fact remains that end-user markets…