Northern Sky Research

V-band Satellite Markets

Published: December 2017

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As the satellite telecoms industry transitions from a world dominated by point-to-multipoint video services, to one that is more slanted towards data connectivity, spectrum increasingly becomes a precious resource. Verticals such as consumer broadband, 3G and 4G backhaul, and M2M/IoT will require huge volumes of capacity, and with C-band under continued attack, it is only natural to assume that operators will, at some point in the not-so-distant future, migrate to higher frequency bands.

In this industry-first study, NSR examines the respective benefits and drawbacks of V-band, the frequency band just above Ka-band, and one which is expected to become increasingly relevant for satellite operators, whether in GEO, MEO or LEO, over the course of the next decade and beyond. NSR’s V-band Satellite Markets Study answers key questions, including:

  • What are the benefits and drawbacks of V-band as compared to Ku-band or Ka-band capacity, from the perspective of the satellite operator, and the perspective of the end-user?
  • How will V-band enter the market, and during what timeframe will this occur?
  • Which regions are more likely and less likely to see V-band capacity launched over the coming decade and beyond, and for what reasons?
  • To what extent will V-band influence the development of Non-GEO-HTS business models?

With NSR having spoken to relevant parties in the market about V-band developmental plans, and having taken data from NSR’s existing research library on supply/demand for other frequency bands, NSR’s V-band Satellite Markets provides a comprehensive look at the future development of V-band.  In this first-of-its-kind study, NSR delves into the ins and outs of V-band from a technological, CAPEX, and capacity perspective, providing the reader with a thorough understanding of the benefits and drawbacks of this frequency, how its rollout will impact the industry, and over what timeframe this will occur.

The NSR Advantage

This NSR report offers coverage over and above the competition:

  • Industry-first analysis of V-band markets from a business and technological perspective
  • Detailed breakout of regional V-band gateway capacity, in both GEO and LEO orbits
  • Forecast supply from 2020-2030, with 5 regions examined in the study
  • V-band Satellite Markets sheds light on a new and upcoming frequency that will have repercussions on the satellite telecom industry in the medium-to-long-term

NSR’s V-band Satellite Markets provides coverage of V-band gateway capacity by region, including North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East & Africa, and Asia, with forecasts from 2020-2030. Given the potential for Non-GEO-HTS constellations in V-band, including an announced constellation plan by Boeing, NSR also conducted analysis of Non-GEO-HTS. With the practical implementation of V-band still beyond the horizon, NSR gives the reader a thorough understanding of the technical pros and cons of V-band for different use cases, and provide an understanding of the costs and benefits of this new frequency.

Primary Questions Addressed in this Report Include:

  • Why is V-band an appealing option for satellite operators, and in what instances will this be the case?
  • What is the timeframe during which we can expect V-band to enter the market, and how does this vary by region?
  • How will V-band revolutionize the LEO-HTS business model, and what will be the larger impact on the GEO industry?
  • What other “higher frequency bands” are being considered, and why?
  • What are some of the challenges that must be overcome in order to achieve V-band adoption?

Primary Elements of the Report Include:

  • Industry trend analysis including NSR’s qualitative assessment of each major market segment
  • PowerPoint file including insights and discussion on V-band technology and its uses
  • Includes Excel sheets with all key data, tables and charts

Executive Summary

1. V-band Overview

2. V-band Supply
  2.1 V-band Introduction
          Technical Specifications
          Advantages/Disadvantages of V-band vis-à-vis Ka-band/Ku-band/C-band
          Possible Use Cases
          Current and Future Capacity Plans
          V-band Implementation Timeline by Region
          Bottom Line
  2.2 V-band GEO Supply Forecasts for Gateway Beams
          North America Gateway Beam Supply
          Latin America Gateway Beam Supply
          Europe Gateway Beam Supply
          Middle East & Africa Gateway Beam Supply
          Asia Gateway Beam Supply
          GEO Supply Bottom Line
  2.3 V-band Non-GEO Supply Forecasts for Gateway Beams
          North America Gateway Beam Supply
          Latin America Gateway Beam Supply
          Europe Gateway Beam Supply
          Middle East & Africa Gateway Beam Supply
          Asia Gateway Beam Supply
          Non-GEO Supply Bottom Line
  2.4 Scenario Analyses for V-band Usage

3. V-band Demand
  3.1 Total Market
          In-service Units
          Bandwidth Requirements
          Wholesale / Capacity Revenues
          Retail / Service Revenues
  3.2 Potential Demand
          Analytical Structure
          Assumptions and Caveats
  3.3 Market Positioning
  3.4 Broadband Access
          Global Addressable Markets
          In-service Units
          Bandwidth Demand per Site
          Aggregate Bandwidth Demand
          Global Pricing Trends
          Regional Pricing Trends
          Wholesale Revenues
          Retail Revenues
  3.5 Enterprise Data
          In-service Units
          Bandwidth Demand per Site
          Aggregate Bandwidth Demand
          Global Pricing Trends
          Regional Pricing Trends
          Wholesale Revenues
          Retail Revenues
  3.6 Backhaul
          In-service Units
          Bandwidth Demand per Site
          Aggregate Bandwidth Demand
          Pricing Trends
          Wholesale Revenues
  3.7 Conclusions & Recommendations

Annex: Methodology


List of Exhibits

Satellite Frequency Chart
OneWeb Coverage Map
Satellite Frequency Chart
Rain Attenuation by Frequency
Global Implementation of V-band
Global GEO-HTS Gateway V-band Capacity by Region, 2020-2030
North America GEO-HTS V-band Gateway Capacity, 2020-2030
North America GEO-HTS Gateway Capacity by Frequency Band, 2020-2030
Latin America GEO-HTS V-band Gateway Capacity, 2020-2030
Latin America GEO-HTS Gateway Capacity by Frequency Band, 2020-2030
Europe GEO-HTS V-band Gateway Capacity, 2020-2030
Europe GEO-HTS Gateway Capacity by Frequency Band, 2020-2030
Middle East & Africa GEO-HTS V-band Gateway Capacity, 2020-2030
Middle East & Africa GEO-HTS Gateway Capacity by Frequency Band, 2020-2030
Asia Pacific GEO-HTS V-band Gateway Capacity, 2020-2030
Asia Pacific GEO-HTS Gateway Capacity by Frequency Band, 2020-2030
North America Non-GEO-HTS V-band Gateway Capacity, 2020-2030
North America Non-GEO-HTS Gateway Capacity by Frequency Band, 2020-2030
Latin America Non-GEO-HTS V-band Gateway Capacity, 2020-2030
Latin America Non-GEO-HTS Gateway Capacity by Frequency Band, 2020-2030
Europe Non-GEO-HTS V-band Gateway Capacity, 2020-2030
Europe Non-GEO-HTS Gateway Capacity by Frequency Band, 2020-2030
Middle East & Africa Non-GEO-HTS V-band Gateway Capacity, 2020-2030
Middle East & Africa Non-GEO-HTS Gateway Capacity by Frequency Band, 2020-2030
Asia Pacific Non-GEO-HTS V-band Gateway Capacity, 2020-2030
Asia Pacific Non-GEO-HTS Gateway Capacity by Frequency Band, 2020-2030
Number of Gateways vs. Theoretical Throughput by Frequency Band
Global GEO-HTS Capacity by Frequency Band, 2016-2026
Total In-service Units by Vertical
Total Capacity Demand by Application
Total Wholesale/Capacity Revenues by Region
Total Retail/Service Revenues by Region
Global Satellite Consumer Broadband Addressable Market
Satellite Broadband In-service Units by Region
Broadband Access Bandwidth Allocation by site
Broadband Access Capacity Demand by Region
Broadband Access Wholesale Mbps Price – Global Average
Broadband Access Retail Monthly ARPU – Global Average
Broadband Access Wholesale Mbps Price per Month
Broadband Access Retail Monthly ARPU
Broadband Access Wholesale Capacity Revenues by Region
Broadband Access Retail/Service Revenues by Region
Enterprise Data In-service Units by Region
Enterprise Data Bandwidth Allocation by Site
Enterprise Data Capacity Demand by Region
Enterprise Data Wholesale Mbps Price – Global Average
Enterprise Data Retail Monthly ARPU – Global Average
Enterprise Data Wholesale Mbps Price per Month
Enterprise Data Retail Monthly ARPU
Enterprise Data Wholesale Capacity Revenues by Region
Enterprise Data Retail/Service Revenues by Region
Backhaul In-service Units by Region
Backhaul Bandwidth Allocation by Site
Backhaul Capacity Demand by Region
Backhaul Wholesale Mbps Price