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Five Reasons Distribution May be King of the HTS World

Satellite distributors (including resellers/systems integrators) have long been considered the black sheep of the satellite industry. Low margins, slow growth, low barriers to entry and dependence on large FSS operators have all kept returns down. But this may be changing. High throughput satellites (HTS) are poised to increase satellite capacity roughly 250-500% over the next several […]

Intelsat – With Pressure on Video, the Worst is Yet to Come

Intelsat S.A (I), is trading at 3.9x earnings, and is about to launch it next generation high throughput EPIC satellites which will dramatically increase capacity. It now trades at all time lows, down over 60% from its 2013 IPO. At first glance, Intelsat might seem like a buying opportunity. But greater downside, potentially even restructuring, […]

Industry Data Shows FCC Overstated Mobile Traffic . . . and Spectrum Demand

While an industry White Paper on spectrum demand is being offered to support the accuracy of FCC’s spectrum demand projections used in its National Broadband Plan, the data actually shows just the opposite.[i] It is difficult to ascertain the exact numbers in the graphs in the paper. However, comparing the actual numbers in the FCC projections […]

2014 CTIA Wireless Industry Survey Suggest Maturing Industry

The CTIA recently released its annual wireless survey including 2014 results. This year’s survey is full of data suggesting a rapid maturation of the US wireless industry. Seven key data points: Annual Data growth slowed to 26%, growing from 3.23 trillion MB in 2013 to 4.06 trillion MB in 2014. This is the slowest data […]

Downstream Implications of AWS-3 Auction

While there has been extensive discussion about the AWS-3 auctions, there has been less discussion about the long-term industry impacts of the auctions: 1)    Upcoming 600 MHz Auction Prices – Higher transaction prices from the AWS-3 auction could imply higher prices for the 600 MHz auction. However: With the telecom industry spending ~$45B on the […]