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What Will Satellite Services Businesses Look Like Tomorrow?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Robert Bell
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This article is from the July-August 2014 issue of the Satellite Executive Briefing

I am often asked if the future of the satellite services business is all about consolidation. Over the past decade, we have seen a handful of service providers grow from small, entrepreneurial companies into multinational businesses that operate across every time zone. The "majors" now include Encompass Digital Media, GlobeCast, RRsat Global Communications, Globecomm and Harris CapRock, while regional players like Arqiva, SpeedCast and Signalhorn Trusted Networks dominate in their regions. 

To some, the rise of the majors makes it appear that every teleport in the world will wind up in the hands of one of them, and that the entrepreneurial spirit that has always driven the growth of the business will be snuffed out. It is a bit like the old joke about the US defense budget. As the cost of big weapons systems spiral higher and higher, someone did a bit of arithmetic and calculated that, a few decades from now, the entire budget will buy just one airplane. But it would be one amazing airplane.

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