VSAT shipments to double by 2020

VSAT shipments will nearly double by 2020 as the industry reinvents itself, said Strategy Analytics.

The Strategy Analytics report said VSAT applications are evolving from enterprise connectivity and video to competitive wireless broadband alternative.

Gallium Nitride (GaN) revenue is expected to grow by almost 300 percent.

The report said growth in data traffic needs will nearly double the quantity of all the elements of the commercial satellite communications network by 2020. The report concludes that this growth, coupled with increasing market share will fuel a 30 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for GaN revenue in this segment.

VSAT industry is moving to higher frequencies, more onboard processing and High Throughput Satellites (HTS) as a means of enhancing the data rate capabilities of satcom networks. While conventional applications are still the largest users, internet and mobility-related applications will be the fastest growing segments of the commercial satellite communications industry.

“GaN is enabling these new capabilities, so we expect strong growth from the technology as it makes fast inroads into applications previously served by traveling wave tube amplifiers,” said Eric Higham, service director, Advanced Semiconductor Applications service at Strategy Analytics.