The global market for Satellite Transponders is projected to exceed 10 thousand 36-MHz Transponder Equivalents by 2024, driven by satellites’ increased capacity to accommodate more transponders, rising mobile phone penetration and expanding internet user base, technological innovations, and emerging demand for Ku and Ka-band satellite transponders for broadcasting.

Satellites play significant role in the current modern world, improving the quality of life on Earth. Satellite communication systems, a vital part of the global ecosystem, are used in applications such as weather monitoring and reporting, mapping and navigation, military, and telecommunications.

Satellite transponder is a cluster of radio transmitters/receivers installed on a communications satellite that receives and amplifies the signal sent by the ground station and changes its frequency to transmit the signal back to the ground, where it is received by various ground station antenna that relay TV, data, or radio content to the end-user.

Various satellite transponders in different bandwidths such as Ku-band, X-band, Ka-band, C-band, are applied in various industries such as telecom, defense, government, and media and broadcasting. Telecom service providers globally are increasingly investing in satellite transponders to provide continued broadband connectivity to remote areas.

Ku-band expansion and growth is expected to generate new opportunities for communication satellite transponders, because video distribution and live broadcasting are their major applications. Mobility networks also use the Ku-band spectrum to offer broadband connectivity to areas such as troposphere and over the ocean, which are unreachable by terrestrial networks.

Ku-band transponders demand is further expected to rise, especially in developing economies, on account of increasing demand for HDTV and 3D TV applications that need higher bandwidths and 50% more capacity. Regions with strong cellular and landline telecom networks are creating high demand for deployment of Ka-Band bandwidths.

This is true especially of the emerging economies of Asia-Pacific and Latin America, where the continual need for additional network connectivity boosts the satellite transponder leasing and adoption rates. Africa does not have robust cellular coverage and these regions would benefit more from large-scale satellite adoption, for instance to connect schools and hospitals with local governmental agencies or emergency teams.

On the other hand, North America and Europe feature dense network infrastructure in populated regions, with about 99% point of presence coverage. Therefore, the growth of satellite backhaul remains low in these regions. It is also expected that the transponders market may be slightly restrained by high costs and complexity of installation, failures in satellite launches, and growth of cable transmissions and fiber optics markets.

Asia-Pacific represents the largest and the fastest growing market worldwide, exhibiting a compounded annual growth rate of 5.4% over the analysis period. The region is considered to be the most viable market for satellite transponders because of very low leasing rates as well as the widespread adoption of HD video and High Dynamic Range (HDR) applications.

Broadcast application dominates the satellite transponders market, since the launch of several new channels worldwide is resulting in growing requirement for more available capacity thereby presenting higher demand prospects for satellite transponders.

Major players in the market include APT Satellite Company Ltd., Arab Satellite Communication Organization, Eutelsat, Intelsat SA, Intersputnik International, ISRO, NEC Corp., Northrop Grumman Corp., Russian Satellite Communications Company, SES S.A., Space Systems/ Loral, LLC, Telesat, Thales Alenia Space, and XTAR, LLC, among others.

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