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5G Satellite Communication Market

5G Satellite Communication Market: Information by Solution Type (Backhaul and Tower Feed), Service (Mobile Broadband), End-User (Defence, Government), and Region — Forecast till 2030

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Market Snapshot

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Base Year:
Study Period:
29.09 %
Fastest Growing Market:
Asia Pacific
Largest Market:
North America

The global 5G satellite communication market size was valued at USD 2.75 billion in 2021. It is projected to reach USD 29.06 billion by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 29.09% during the forecast period (2022–2030). The increasing adoption of small satellites in the defense industry for applications such as geospace and atmospheric research, tactical communication, and medium resolution imagery is expected to drive market growth. In addition, there is an increasing demand for satellite communication (SATCOM) solutions in the aviation sector for improved airline operations and air traffic management. A SATCOM transponder is a device that allows for wireless communication, monitoring, and control. It is also capable of detecting incoming signals and automatically responding.

In the coming years, it is expected that the SATCOM market will expand significantly due to the 5G network's development and the launches of several scheduled satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). Furthermore, the introduction of satellite communication into the market for connectivity has prompted satellite communications technology (SATCOM) service providers to place a greater emphasis on ensuring the rate of Internet of Things (IoT) rollout in every region of the world. At this time, approximately 2.7 million devices are serviced by satellites. These devices are utilized in various fields, including aviation, environmental monitoring, shipping, and military support. These satellite transponders are capable of better transponder throughput, reducing costs.

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Market Dynamics

Global 5G Satellite Communication Market Drivers

Massive Demand for 5G Connectivity

The rapidly expanding demand for catering to a wide range of applications and eliminating existing technological problems is the primary factor driving the growth of the global 5G satellite communication market. The performance parameters in the market are as follows:

  • A high bandwidth
  • Low latency
  • High system spectral efficiency
  • High system spectral efficiency
  • Reduced energy consumption

A surge to enhance the existing infrastructure to cater to the technological needs of the 5G satellite communication networks is also likely to take the market ahead in the forecast period due to the robust demand for the 5G network in multiple applications.

Global 5G Satellite Communication Market Restraint

Space Debris Hindering Launch of Satellites

The presence of space debris is expected to present significant difficulties for the market for communication satellites. Intelsat announced in April 2019 that its communication satellite Intelsat29e had been destroyed entirely due to an immovable piece of space debris. The dead satellite threatens other satellites traveling along a path similar to its own because this is a typical location for placing communications and surveillance satellites. The presence of dead satellites, which leads to an increase in space debris, constitutes a significant risk for the environment and other satellites' functioning. These factors are going to act as a drag on the expansion of the market.

Global 5G Satellite Communication Market Opportunities

Growing Demand for Maritime Satellite Communication

The ever-increasing need for satellite communication in the maritime industry is expected to significantly contribute to the market's expansion. A desperate need for communication has arisen as a direct result of growing concern about the safety of people at borders. This can help in the growth of the market during the forecast period.


Segmental Analysis

The global 5G satellite communication market is segmented by solution type, end-user, orbit, spectrum band, and service.

By Satellite Solution Type

Based on satellite solution type, the market is segmented into backhaul and tower feed, trunking and head-end feed, communication on the move, and hybrid multiplay.

The backhaul and tower feed satellite solution type is anticipated to lead the global 5G satellite communication market. Backhaul and tower feed satellite solutions provide cell towers with high-speed internet and the ability to multicast high- and ultra-high-definition videos and content to a large coverage area across multiple devices, such as smartphones, smart T.V.s, and tablets. With the increasing number of 5G devices and consumer demand for low-latency, high-speed 5G connectivity, backhaul and tower feed satellite solution types will dominate over the forecast period.

By End-User

Based on end-user, the market is divided into defense, government, commercial, and consumer.

It is anticipated that the commercial end-user segment will hold most of the 5G satellite communication market share. This is primarily a result of the demand for 5G and satellite connectivity in the mobility sectors, which include commercial aviation, automobiles, and logistics and shipping.

By Orbit

Based on the orbit segment, the market is divided into low earth orbit (LEO), geosynchronous earth orbit (GEO), and medium earth orbit (MEO).

In comparison to medium earth orbit (MEO) and geosynchronous earth orbit (GEO), low earth orbit (LEO) will gain significant traction over the forecast period. This is due to the fact that businesses all over the world are working to develop the LEO constellation, which will include thousands of satellites.

By Spectrum Band

Based on the spectrum band segment is bifurcated by L and S-Band (1-4GHZ), C and X Band (4-12GHZ) and Ku and Ka-Band (12-40GHZ). 

The service segment is divided into mobile broadband, defense and government mission-critical communication, and satellite IoT. 


Regional Analysis

The global 5G satellite communication market is divided into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest-of-the-World.

5G Satellite Communication Market Regional Analysis

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North America is anticipated to rule the 5G satellite communication market during the forecast period. The significant presence of key companies highly engaged in developing and providing 5G telecom services and satellite connectivity is a significant factor contributing to the region's growth.


Competitive Players

The global 5G satellite communication market’s major key players are

  • SES S.A.
  • Intelsat S.A.
  • Avanti Communications Group plc
  • Eutelsat Communications S.A.
  • Omnispace LLC
  • OneWeb
  • China Satellite Communications Co. Ltd.
  • AT&T Inc.
  • ZTE Corporation
  • China Telecom
  • SK Telecom
  • T-Mobile
  • Ericsson
  • Jio
  • Thales Group
  • T. Engineering
  • Qualcomm
  • Gilat Satellite Networks
  • Telespazio Spa
  • MediaTek Inc.
  • Marvell Technology Inc.
  • GalaxySpace
  • Skyloom
  • Astrodome
  • Sateliot
  • Myriota
  • Vestaspace Technology


Recent Developments

  • February 2022- India'sIndia's leading digital service provider, Jio Platforms and SES S.A., announced the formation of a joint venture called Jio Space Technology Limited to bring the next generation scalable and affordable broadband services in India leveraging satellite technology.
  • January 2022- Intelsat S.A. and Thales Alenia Space entered an agreement to build two software-defined satellites to advance Intelsat'sIntelsat's global fabric of software-defined GEO connectivity and its 5G software-defined network. The two next-generation software-defined satellites, Intelsat 41 (IS-41) and Intelsat 44 (IS-44), are scheduled to be in service in 2025.

Global 5G Satellite Communication Market: Segmentation

By Solution Type

  • Backhaul and Tower Feed
  • Trunking and Head-End-Feed
  • Communication on the Move
  • Hybrid Multiplay

By End-User

  • Defence
  • Government
  • Commercial
  • Consumer

By Orbit

  • Low Earth Orbit (LEO)
  • Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO)
  • Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)

By Spectrum Band

  • L and S-Band (1-4GHZ)
  • C and X Band (4-12GHZ)
  • Ku and Ka-Band (12-40GHZ)

By Service

  • Mobile Broadband
  • Defence and Government Mission Critical Communication
  • Satellite IoT

By Regions

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Rest-of-the-World
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