HTS on course for new horizons as it extends reach in 2014
| 31 October 2014
High Throughput Satellites (HTS) proliferated in 2014 in terms of supply additions, system investments (nine new orders) and demand take-up, according to Euroconsult's latest research on the market.

eutelsatThe analyst calculated that as a result of the extensive investments made by satellite operators, total HTS capacity supply is projected to nearly triple over the next three years from 600Gbps in 2014 to 1,720Gbps in 2017. Euroconsult believes that the influx of HTS capacity and global expansion of coverage footprints should unlock growth opportunities in all major market verticals and geographic regions. Consequently, global capacity usage on HTS systems is expected to grow from 107Gbps in 2014 to reach just over 1,300Gbps in 2023, a CAGR of more than 30% over the period.

HTS demand for video services is predicted to gradually grow over the next decade, with total revenues from HTS capacity usage are forecasted to grow from $1.3 billion in 2014 to reach $6.2 billion in 2023, generating around $35 billion in aggregate revenue over the period.

"The vast majority of today's available HTS capacity supply is in Ka-band, although Ku-band has recently seen increased adoption from operators such as Telesat, SES and Eutelsat, while Intelsat plans to include C-band spot beams on IS-33e and IS-35e," commented Euroconsult senior consultant Nathan de Ruiter. "Ka-band HTS should remain the dominant frequency band in all vertical markets in terms of capacity usage; nonetheless, Ku-band HTS capacity usage is projected to accelerate from 2017 to reach around 150Gbps by 2023, largely driven by professional user markets which often have high reliability and availability requirements."