Renewed growth in East Asia and continued strong demand in Latin America highlighted the global fixed satellite services market in 2011, helping it to grow by between 4 percent and 5 percent in U.S. dollar terms compared with 2010.
The four largest operators, which accounted for 60 percent of the available transponders in orbit in 2011, maintained their fleet replacement and expansion plans, but capital spending at these companies is scheduled to drop sharply starting in 2013 or 2014, depending on whether satellite launch schedules are maintained.
Companies listed here are providers of fixed satellite services, leasing their capacity on geostationary-orbiting satellites for video, voice and data traffic. Companies offering mobile satellite services or consumer broadband, along with direct broadcast television providers using their own satellites, are not included. A case can be made that distinctions between fixed and mobile services providers are blurring, and that the revenue from broadband satellite services should be included.
Chart includes data for companies selling fixed satellite services, defined as leasing transponders for video, data and voice communications. Data are drawn from company reports, management statements and market estimates. Satellite fleet count includes some co-owned satellites. Figures are in millions of U.S. dollars for the calendar year ending Dec. 31, 2011, unless otherwise noted. Non-U.S. currencies were converted into U.S. dollars using the interbank exchange rate on the last day of financial reporting year.