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Euroconsult report recognizes a turning point for FSS operators

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Euroconsult report recognizes a turning point for FSS operators

Market characterized by fleet expansions, investments in new markets, and diverging performances


Paris, France, July 27, 2011– Euroconsult, the leading international research and analyst firm specialized in the satellite communications sector, today announced the findings of its most recent study of fixed satellite services. Company Profiles, Analysis of FSS Operators, now in its 4th edition, is the only report available worldwide which provides in-depth profiles of all 37 currently-active FSS satellite operators, plus nine companies that will launch commercial satellites in the near future. Through these detailed profiles, Euroconsult provides insight into individual operators and paints a picture of the overall market.


“2010 was a particularly important year for FSS operators with a number of important strategic investments, including in Ka-band,” said Richard Roithner, Senior Consultant at Euroconsult. Among the FSS operators analyzed in the report, 17 operators have invested in Ka-band over the last 18 months, with six companies actually having launched Ka-band capacity recently.


Mr Roithner continued, “2010 saw more contrasted performances among operators. 90% of all active FSS operators saw revenue growth in 2010, with 10 operators even achieving growth of 20% or more; however, more than half experienced slower revenue growth than during the previous year.”


The report indicates that regional operators in particular continued to see strong business growth from various applications including DTH TV broadcasting, cellular backhaul and enterprise networks. Many of these regional operators are continuing their ambitious expansion plans with growing satellite fleets and a number of satellite launches still ahead in the coming years.


Other report findings include:

·        10 operators had revenue growth exceeding 20%

·        More than half of operators saw a slowdown in revenue growth

·        17 operators had fill rates of 80% or more, while seven had average fill rates of less than 70%

·        10 operators added more than 100 TV channels on their satellites in 2010

·        12 operators added one or more DTH pay TV platforms


Although the top five operators accounted for about 70% of the industry’s revenues, the rest of the market is  still fragmented with growing competition among the operators. In particular, the Asian market is increasingly crowded with 20 operators active in the region in 2010.


Report Profile

Company Profiles: Analysis of FSS Operators is a unique survey of active and pre-operational FSS operators. The report includes publicly-listed and privately-held companies, global and regional operators. The result is a detailed profile of each company, providing exclusive data, expert review, and in-depth analysis of both complex publicly-available information and hard-to-obtain private information.


About Euroconsult

Euroconsult is the leading international research and analyst firm specializing in satellite communications, space applications and digital broadcasting. Euroconsult develops comprehensive research reports and forecasts; provides strategic consulting and analysis; and produces world summits. With 25 years of experience and more than 350 satellite-related consulting assignments, Euroconsult is a worldwide reference. Euroconsult has over 560 clients in 51 countries, including leaders throughout the satellite value chain: satellite operators and service providers; satellite manufacturers and launch service providers; equipment providers and integrators; governments; media and broadcasting companies; and banks and investors. For more information visit www.euroconsult-ec.com.




Media Contacts:


Linda Zaiche  (Europe & ROW)  Tel :  + 33 1 49 23 75 17 zaiche@euroconsult-ec.com


Andrew Smith  (North America)  Tel:   + 1 (514) 903-1001 smith@euroconsult-na.com


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