Sat Broadband Subscribers at 1 Million?

Consumer satellite broadband services are poised to overtake enterprise class broadband VSAT network services as the leader in satellite-based broadband platforms, stated the latest report from research firm NSR.

In addition, NSR said it expects that in late 2008 or early 2009 subscribers to satellite broadband internet access services in North America will break the one million mark, and global subscribers should exceed four million by 2016. As NSR's Patrick French said, "the promises first made for satellite broadband internet access services in the late 1990s dot.com heyday are now finally on the verge of being fulfilled."

Also, by the end of 2008, satellite capacity dedicated to single site satellite broadband internet access services will exceed those used by corporate and governmental VSAT networks, the company said.

And NSR said that by 2013 total global revenues generated by satellite broadband internet access services could top those coming from corporate and government broadband VSAT clients. By 2017, global satellite broadband internet access revenues will hit 3.86 billion, up from $823 million in 2007, the company said.