The Economics of Satellite Broadband : a primer

Satellite broadband technology was once seen as the domain of remote outposts, maritime communications and specialised industries. In the past few years, convergence of cutting-edge advancements in satellite technology, reduced space launch costs, and new business models has increased the profile of satellite technology in the connectivity ecosystem. Satellite broadband is now considered a viable alternative to terrestrial networks, especially in remote areas, making it a potential solution to bridge the global digital divide.

This paper delves into the intricacies of the satellite broadband market dynamics, providing an overview of the underlying key economics. It explores the market potential and cost structure, the competitive landscape, as well as the main policy and regulatory issues that need to be addressed.