The consumer satellite broadband marketplace is increasing rapidly. A study conducted by NSR showed that satellite broadband sales from the consumer market place will surpass the revenues from the business industry for really small aperture terminal (VSAT) services by 2013. The report highlights the promising future in the satellite broadband marketplace for residential customers.
Shift from Business to Residential Satellite Broadband Marketplace
Traditional satellite broadband carriers wireless solutions are mostly designed to suit the needs on the enterprise marketplace. Telecommunications operators, broadcasting industries, military agencies, oil companies, shipping lines, and airline carriers are some in the largest users of satellite broadband services. Software and hardware requirements required to use satellite links used to be too expensive for consumers. But now, the industry is increasingly acquiring diversified. The industry is now offering much more powerful but smaller dishes which can be used in rural homes or private vehicles. Although software and hardware expenses are still quite high compared with the standard Internet modems, satellite broadband technology is increasingly becoming deployed in several rural places for the enjoyment of each residents and businesses. The government now recognizes the benefits of satellite broadband technology and so develops funding schemes to expedite the development of national broadband infrastructures.
Global industrial statistics showed that the number of satellite broadband subscribers in North America is exceeding those of the broadband VSATs for institutional markets. Also, single site capacity is exceeding those of corporate and public networks. By 2017, global satellite broadband revenues are expected to reach $3.86 billion, compared with $823 million in 2007. The size of global satellite broadband clientele is expected to surpass four million by 2016, according to NSR Senior Analyst Patrick French. The rise of the consumer market place for satellite broadband is actually a big achievement for the industry, which has invested billions of dollars to build infrastructural foundations for affordable wireless World wide web.
The phenomenal growth of the satellite broadband market place can also be expected to benefit the VSAT networking sector. The two markets seem to be interconnected, said French. Technological innovations in one sector are likely to benefit the other. NSR estimated VSAT networking revenues to reach $2.6 billion in 2017.
Satellite Broadband Subsidies for Consumers
Subsidies are offered to make satellite broadband connection a reality in rural places. Rural communities are the priority of various satellite broadband projects in Australia, the US, Africa and Europe. Small towns and villages in less industrialized regions are often beyond the reach of mobile broadband providers. Since these locations cannot be served by cellular backhaul sites which are densely concentrated in urban spots, the only way to bring wireless signals there is through satellite backhauling. In some countries, the government is shouldering a portion of satellite dish cost and subscription program. Satellite broadband projects are around the rise in countries like Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Egypt, Australia, the U.S., India, South Africa, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, UAE, China, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Papau New Guinea, Canada and Kazakhstan.
Satellite phones are becoming a lot more affordable for rural residents. Moreover, mobile backhaul applications are on the rise, giving consumers a lot more reasons to subscribe to satellite digital plans.
The limited bandwidth resources of land-based carriers is really a big obstacle to universal wireless communications. But thanks to satellite broadband technology, mobile backhaul can operate on alternative wireless channels that are readily accessible to underdeveloped regions with no fiber optic lines or cables.