Analysis of Global Wireless Backhaul via Satellite Market
Satellite backhaul for cellular services is a growing application for satellite technology to help expand cellular coverage over difficult or remote locations. Satellite technology is also used for cellular backhaul for emergency communications (to restore cellular communications), over-burdened events and gatherings (to off-load some cellular traffic), and temporary solutions (until traditional cell-towers can be deployed). Thus, satellite technology is used for a number of unique applications to enable cellular technology when traditional network infrastructure cannot meet demand.
With the world’s total 2G, 3G, and 4G coverage continuing to expand rapidly, there are still many remote regions which are not yet covered have geographical barriers to coverage or do not make economic sense for carriers to expand there. These regions will require satellite services for connectivity to communicate.
With the world’s growing mobile work force, particularly in mining, drilling, and other remote activities, satellite connectivity in the form of mobile satellite enabled cell towers is quickly growing in importance for the enterprise. This can increase safety and efficiency for operations in locations which are not covered by traditional cellular technology. Additionally, unlike other mobile satellite technologies, this allows users to use their mobile cell phones, which are far less expansive than satellite phones.
Frost & Sullivan anticipates satellite backhaul to continue to aid cellular coverage throughout the world, with a CAGR of % between 2012 and 2017.
Regions such as APAC, LA, and ROW will see the strongest growth due to their low cellular POP coverage, less robust land-line infrastructure to connect cell towers, and more remote locations which require coverage.
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