The report forecasts the global very small aperture terminal (VSAT) market to grow at a CAGR of 9.52% during the period 2016-2020.
Increased use of satellite services for cross-vertical applications will be a key trend for market growth. VSAT plays a vital role in enabling communication for emerging technology. With the changing technology and growing demand for world-class health facilities, the need of the hour is telemedicine. Telemedicine is the exchange of medical information from one site to another via electronic communications to improve a patient's health status. It includes a variety of applications and services using two-way communication via video, email, and other forms.
According to the report, one of the key drivers for market growth will be the government initiatives for effective communication services. Governments across the globe are taking initiatives to increase the overall penetration of the internet and voice-based services. Governments of various countries are also mandating cellular operators to incorporate the universal service obligation, which enables them to take advantage of the low cost and faster rollout of VSAT services, thereby empowering rural customers to use VSAT communications.
Further, the report states that attenuation from rain has been a major challenge for many satellite links including the HTS. However, such satellites have developed sufficient rain fade margins to provide a good quality link. The transponders used in HTS can be of Ku and Ka band. On an average, a typical HTS satellite should have many ultra-wideband transponders distributed along the beams with a bandwidth of 100Mhz. The HTS Ku-band and HTS Ka-band have their own advantages like greater capacity than conventional Ku and C-band satellites and are best suited to certain applications like high-speed internet.