• 2011 marks turning point for FSS operators

    2011 marks turning point for FSS operators

    Innovative capital investments, the emergence of new players, and diverging performances in 2011 are said to have generated a turning point for fixed service satellite (FSS) providers, according to research from Euroconsult.
    In its most recent study of all 38 currently-active satellite operators, the analyst says that 2011 was a particularly important year for FSS operators as regional operators in particular continued to see strong business growth from various applications including DTH TV broadcasting.

    That said, a number of countries announced their national satellite systems and several historically hot geographic markets saw a decrease in business due to political changes or the arrival of fibre networks.
    Overall, 19 operators had revenues of more than $100 million and over 77% of all FSS operators increased the number of transponders leased throughout 2011. 20 operators had fill rates of 80% or more; eight of which had fill rates of 90% or more. In the broadcast sector, 32,140 TV channels and 138 DTH pay-TV platforms were broadcast by satellite operators in 2011.

    Wei LI, senior consultant at Euroconsult, explained: "FSS operators are becoming 'smarter' in investing their space assets. We see a number of partnerships, co-shared satellites, and hosted payload announced in the last 18 months. 2011 saw more contrasted performances among operators than previous years. 80% of all active FSS operators saw revenue growth in 2011, with 13 operators even achieving growth of 10% or more; however over half experienced slower revenue growth than during the previous year."