Mobile Satellite Phone Market Report
Mobile Satellite Phone Market by Type (LEO Satellite Phone and GEO Satellite Phone), Application (Defense, Maritime, Aviation, Oil & Gas, and Others), and Regional Analysis (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA): Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2022-2031
Global Mobile Satellite Phone Market Analysis
The Global Mobile Satellite Phone Market Size was $553.6 million in 2021 and is predicted to grow with a CAGR of 3.9%, by generating a revenue of $808.5 million by 2031.
Global Mobile Satellite Phone Market Synopsis
A significant increase in demand for mobile satellite phones in emergency situations such as natural or man-made disasters and defense operations for coordinating with teams is the primary factor driving the growth of the global mobile satellite phone market. In addition, advancing technological innovations such as the introduction of smart satellite phones are expected to create abundant opportunities for market expansion in the upcoming years.
Mobile satellite phone is typically more expensive than traditional cell phones, and the cost of satellite phone services is also higher. Mobile satellite phone has low data bandwidth, large antenna size, and need to have clear line of sight (LOS) to satellite in the sky. Also, the per minute charges of the mobile satellite phone is higher than the cellular phones. These factors are anticipated to limit the mobile satellite phone market share in the future.
The adoption of mobile satellite phones during emergency situations is expected to rise in a number of industries, including construction, tourism, fisheries, mining, and transportation, which is expected to lead to significant growth in the global mobile satellite phone market during the forecast period. During severe weather, natural and man-made disasters, and when existing communication networks are down, satellite phones are typically used. Mobile satellite phones have better geographic networks than landline and cellular phones in addition to the aforementioned factors. These factors are anticipated to propel the global mobile satellite phone market growth during the forecast period.
According to regional analysis, the mobile satellite phone market in North America is experiencing the fastest growth among all the regions, mainly owing to the rapid increase in the demand for satellite communication from the developing countries in this region. Countries such as the U.S., Mexico, and Canada are investing in the development of advanced satellite-based infrastructure capabilities at different locations.
Mobile Satellite Phone Overview
Mobile satellite phone is a handheld device that uses satellite infrastructure for wireless voice and message communication. These satellite phones uses satellite for communicating with cellular, landline, or other networks during emergency communications. Mobile satellite phone is widely used during emergency situations such as natural disasters including earthquake, nuclear, biological, or chemical attacks. The satellite used for communication receives the information signal in the form of voice, text, and others. For instance, when user initiates a call on the satellite phone, the nearest satellite picks up the call and authenticates the user via nearest gateway present on the earth.
COVID-19 Impact on Global Mobile Satellite Phone Market
The COVID-9 pandemic had a moderate impact on the mobile satellite phone market demand. Almost every industry was impacted by the pandemic in different ways, including how it has affected market conditions, supply chains, output, and ongoing projects. On the contrary, during the pandemic, government organizations in various countries extended their support for mobile satellite phone in various ways. For instance, in February 2021, the Indian government declared that it had instructed Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL) to find the best or most long-lasting solution for Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) to upgrade communication systems in remote areas, as people in these areas encounter numerous challenges when attempting to contact their families. Such government initiatives could present profitable opportunities for investors in the post-pandemic period as well.
Superior Performance of Mobile Satellite Phone During Emergency Situations Compared to Cellular Phones to Drive the Market Growth
The increase in the use of mobile satellite phone in emergency situations, such as natural or man-made disasters, and in defense missions for team communication is anticipated to have a positive impact on the mobile satellite phone market opportunities. When there are no other communication networks available, satellite phones are primarily used to coordinate rescue efforts during severe weather events like hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and tsunamis. The most recent models of satellite phones are also much lighter, smaller, and have better features like not being restricted to specific locations and not requiring communication towers. In addition, they have superior geographic networks compared to landlines and mobile phones. These aspects are predicted to increase the need for cutting-edge mobile satellite phone solutions, which is further anticipated to boost the market expansion during the forecast period.
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Stringent Regulatory Norms on the Usage of Mobile Satellite Phone Across Several Countries to Hamper the Market Growth
The government’s strict regulations, which include the ban on satellite phones in various countries such as Bangladesh and India, are the main factor projected to limit the global market for mobile satellite phone. In addition, when manufacturing mobile satellite phones, certain standards are set by governments, such as International Electrochemical Commission 62262 (IEC 62262)/European Standard EN 62262 which is hampering the mobile satellite phone adoption to some extent. For instance, in India, visitors are not allowed to carry mobile satellite phones without permission as the use of these phones were restricted after terrorist attacks. During the forecast period, these factors are anticipated to have a negative impact on the market for mobile satellite phone demand.
Technological Advancements in Satellite Phones to Drive Excellent Opportunities in the Market
Rapid technological advancements with the development of smart satellite phones that can work as normal cellular smartphones as well as satellite phone is anticipated to boost the market demand in the upcoming years. An increase in demand for smart satellite phones such as normal Android phones that can work both as satellite phones and normal phones is expected to increase the demand for mobile satellite phone market. Moreover, key and innovative market players in the mobile satellite phone market are following various effective strategies in order to grow in the international market. For instance, in November 2018, Thuraya Telecommunications, a United Arab Emirates-based mobile satellite company announced the launch of a satellite smartphone, X-5 Touch, a smart satellite phone with an Android operating system with a large display screen as compared to other traditional satellite phones. All these factors are anticipated to generate excellent opportunities for the mobile satellite phone market players in the upcoming years.
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Global Mobile Satellite Phone Market, by Type
Based on type, the market has been divided into LEO satellite phone and GEO satellite phone. Among these, the LEO satellite phone sub-segment accounted for the highest market share in 2021 and is estimated to show the fastest growth during the forecast period.
Global Mobile Satellite Phone Market Size, by Type, 2021
Source: Research Dive Analysis
The LEO satellite phone sub-segment accounted for a dominant market size in 2021. LEO satellites orbit the Earth at a much lower altitude than traditional geostationary satellites, which can provide several benefits for satellite phone users, including lower latency and faster data transfer speeds. The demand for LEO satellite phone market is driven by the rising need for reliable communication services in remote areas, as well as advancements in satellite technology. In addition, the emergence of new players in the LEO satellite phone market, such as SpaceX's Starlink and OneWeb, is expected to increase competition and drive down costs, making LEO satellite phone services more accessible to a broader range of customers.
Global Mobile Satellite Phone Market, by Application
Based on application, the market has been divided into defense, maritime, aviation, oil & gas, and others. Among these, the maritime sub-segment accounted for the highest revenue share in 2021.
Global Mobile Satellite Phone Market Share, by Application, 2021
Source: Research Dive Analysis
The maritime sub-segment accounted for a highest market size in 2021. The demand for mobile satellite phone is rising in the maritime industry as a result of the lack of network connectivity underwater. In the maritime industry, communication with teams for rescue missions or any other emergency is absolutely crucial. In addition, a lot of companies are implementing voice satellite services to guarantee constant and unbroken communications for teams in the construction, tourism, fishing, mining, and transportation industries. Mobile satellite phones offer reliable & secure communication among mariners for communication at sea. Mobile satellite phones operate efficiently in remote areas as well as these phones help in real-time communication for efficient maritime navigation & safety. These factors are anticipated to boost the growth of the maritime sub-segment during the forecast time.
Global Mobile Satellite Phone Market, Regional Insights
The mobile satellite phone market was investigated across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.
Global Mobile Satellite Phone Market Size & Forecast, by Region, 2021-2031 (USD Million)
Source: Research Dive Analysis
The Market for Mobile Satellite Phone in North America was the Most Dominant
The North America mobile satellite phone market accounted for the highest market share in 2021. Significant investments made by market participants are the primary drivers responsible for the enormous growth of the North America mobile satellite phone market. For instance, the Future Satellite Communications Service Acquisition (FCSA) program in the U.S. awarded the complex commercials satellite communication solution contract (CS3) to SES Government Solutions Inc., a provider of satellite solutions based in the U.S. These factors will make it possible for the U.S. government to benefit from cutting-edge services like high connectivity for a fleet of multi-orbit satellites. The demand for mobile satellite phone in this region is anticipated to increase during the forecast period due to such initiatives and regional investments by businesses.
Competitive Scenario in the Global Mobile Satellite Phone Market
Investment and agreement are common strategies followed by major market players operating in the mobile satellite phone market. For instance, in January 2023, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced Snapdragon Satellite — the world’s first satellite-based two-way capable messaging solution for premium smartphones. Snapdragon Satellite will provide global connectivity using mobile messaging from around the world, starting with devices based on the flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform.
Source: Research Dive Analysis
Some of the leading mobile satellite phone market players are Iridium Communications Inc., Globalstar, Inc., Thuraya Telecommunications Company, Inmarsat Global Limited, Beam Communications Pty. Ltd., Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, KVH Industries, Inc., K.S.C., TS2 Space Sp. z o.o., and Garmin Ltd.
Historical Market Estimations
Base Year for Market Estimation
Forecast Timeline for Market Projection
North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA
Segmentation by Type
Segmentation by Application
Key Companies Profiled
Q1. What is the size of the global mobile satellite phone market?
A. The size of the global mobile satellite phone market was over $553.6 million in 2021 and is projected to reach $808.5 million by 2031.
Q2. Which are the major companies in the mobile satellite phone market?
A. Globalstar, Ericsson, Inmarsat, Iridium Communications Inc., and Thuraya Telecommunications are some of the key players in the global mobile satellite phone market.
Q3. Which region, among others, possesses greater investment opportunities in the future?
A. Asia-Pacific is anticipated to possess greater investment opportunities for investors in the future.
Q4. What will be the growth rate of the Asia-Pacific mobile satellite phone market?
A. North America mobile satellite phone market is anticipated to grow at 3.6% CAGR during the forecast period.
Q5. What are the strategies opted by the leading players in this market?
A. Agreement and investment are the two key strategies opted by the operating companies in this market.
Q6. Which companies are investing more on R&D practices?
A. Globalstar, Ericsson, Inmarsat, Iridium Communications Inc., and Thuraya Telecommunications. are the companies investing more on R&D activities for developing new products and technologies.
1.2.Real time insights and validation
1.4.Assumptions and forecast parameters
1.5.Market size estimation
2.2.Key objectives of the study
2.5.Overview of the impact of COVID-19 on global mobile satellite phone market
4.2.Growth impact forces
4.3.Market value chain analysis
4.3.1.List of raw material suppliers
4.3.2.List of manufacturers
4.3.3.List of distributors
4.4.Innovation & sustainability matrices
4.5.Porter’s five forces analysis
4.5.1.Bargaining power of suppliers
4.5.2.Bargaining power of consumers
4.5.3.Threat of substitutes
4.5.4.Threat of new entrants
4.5.5.Competitive rivalry intensity
4.7.Impact of COVID-19 on Mobile Satellite Phone market
4.7.1.Pre-covid market scenario
4.7.2.Post-covid market scenario
5.Mobile Satellite Phone Market Analysis, by Type
5.2.LEO Satellite Phone
5.2.1.Definition, key trends, growth factors, and opportunities
5.2.2.Market size analysis, by region
5.2.3.Market share analysis, by country
5.3.GEO Satellite Phone
5.3.1.Definition, key trends, growth factors, and opportunities
5.3.2.Market size analysis, by region
5.3.3.Market share analysis, by country
5.4.Research Dive Exclusive Insights
6.Mobile Satellite Phone Market Analysis, by Application
6.1.1.Definition, key trends, growth factors, and opportunities
6.1.2.Market size analysis, by region
6.1.3.Market share analysis, by country
6.2.1.Definition, key trends, growth factors, and opportunities
6.2.2.Market size analysis, by region
6.2.3.Market share analysis, by country
6.3.1.Definition, key trends, growth factors, and opportunities
6.3.2.Market size analysis, by region
6.3.3.Market share analysis, by country
6.4.Oil & Gas
6.4.1.Definition, key trends, growth factors, and opportunities
6.4.2.Market size analysis, by region
6.4.3.Market share analysis, by country
6.5.1.Definition, key trends, growth factors, and opportunities
6.5.2.Market size analysis, by region
6.5.3.Market share analysis, by country
6.6.Research Dive Exclusive Insights
7.Mobile Satellite Phone Market, by Region
18.104.22.168.Market size analysis, by Type
22.214.171.124.Market size analysis, by Application
126.96.36.199.Market size analysis, by Type
188.8.131.52.Market size analysis, by Application
184.108.40.206.Market size analysis, by Type
220.127.116.11.Market size analysis, by Application
7.1.4.Research Dive Exclusive Insights
18.104.22.168.Market size analysis, by Type
22.214.171.124.Market size analysis, by Application
126.96.36.199.Market size analysis, by Type
188.8.131.52.Market size analysis, by Application
184.108.40.206.Market size analysis, by Type
220.127.116.11.Market size analysis, by Application
18.104.22.168.Market size analysis, by Type
22.214.171.124.Market size analysis, by Application
126.96.36.199.Market size analysis, by Type
188.8.131.52.Market size analysis, by Application
7.2.6.Rest of Europe
184.108.40.206.Market size analysis, by Type
220.127.116.11.Market size analysis, by Application
7.2.7.Research Dive Exclusive Insights
18.104.22.168.Market size analysis, by Type
22.214.171.124.Market size analysis, by Application
126.96.36.199.Market size analysis, by Type
188.8.131.52.Market size analysis, by Application
184.108.40.206.Market size analysis, by Type
220.127.116.11.Market size analysis, by Application
18.104.22.168.Market size analysis, by Type
22.214.171.124.Market size analysis, by Application
126.96.36.199.Market size analysis, by Type
188.8.131.52.Market size analysis, by Application
7.3.6.Rest of Asia-Pacific
184.108.40.206.Market size analysis, by Type
220.127.116.11.Market size analysis, by Application
7.3.7.Research Dive Exclusive Insights
18.104.22.168.Market size analysis, by Type
22.214.171.124.Market size analysis, by Application
126.96.36.199.Market size analysis, by Type
188.8.131.52.Market size analysis, by Application
184.108.40.206.Market size analysis, by Type
220.127.116.11.Market size analysis, by Application
18.104.22.168.Market size analysis, by Type
22.214.171.124.Market size analysis, by Application
7.4.5.Rest of LAMEA
126.96.36.199.Market size analysis, by Type
188.8.131.52.Market size analysis, by Application
7.4.6.Research Dive Exclusive Insights
8.1.Top winning strategies, 2021
8.3.Market share analysis, 2021
9.1.Iridium Communications Inc.
9.3.Thuraya Telecommunications Company
9.4.Inmarsat Global Limited
9.5.Beam Communications Pty. Ltd.
9.6.Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited
9.7.KVH Industries, Inc.
9.9.TS2 Space Sp. z o.o.
Satellite phone is a telephone or mobile phone that has the ability to connect to orbiting satellites through radio signals. Satellite phones are similar to terrestrial mobile phones as they can connect to voice and short messaging service (SMS) as well as low bandwidth internet access. The advantage of a satellite phone is that its use is not restricted to the areas covered by cell towers. Satellite phones are specifically used for rescue missions, military purposes, mitigation of natural disasters, and public safety, and can be used in all or most terrestrial locations on the Earth’s surface. The newer models of satellite phones are also lighter, smaller, and provide better functionalities & features than ordinary mobile phones.
Impact of COVID-19 on the Industry
The outbreak of COVID-19 has had a restraining impact on the global mobile satellite phone market in 2020. This is mainly due to the lockdown restrictions that resulted in complete shutdown of factories and disruption in supply chains. However, many key players of the market took initiatives to sustain during the COVID-19 pandemic. For instance, in July 2020, Blue Sky Network, a global satellite technology company and an Iridium Satellite Communications partner, announced the launch of the first & only protected docking station, ‘9575A Docking Station,’ for the ‘Iridium 9575A satellite phone.’ The Iridium 9575A is the only commercial mobile satellite phone that has the capability for Type I encryption accredited by the U.S. NSA (National Security Agency) for top secret voice communications. Thus, initiatives taken by key players is expected to help the market witness a rise in the growth rate during the forecast period.
Key Developments in the Industry
The leading companies operating in the global industry are adopting various growth strategies and business tactics such as partnerships, technological advancements, and product launches to acquire a leading position in the global market. These innovative strategies are estimated to consequently contribute to the growth of the mobile satellite phone market in the coming future. For instance, in April 2018, Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a UAE-based regional mobile-satellite service provider, announced the launch of the world’s first satellite smartphone, ‘Thuraya X5-Touch’ during a conference in Dubai. The Thuraya X5 has a 5.2” full HD touchscreen and it runs on the Android Operating System. It targets users who frequently move in & out of terrestrial coverage across a range of market sectors including energy projects, government missions, NGO deployments, and enterprise communications.
Forecast Analysis of Global Mobile Satellite Phone Market
The global mobile satellite phone market is anticipated to observe a striking growth over the forecast period due to continuous technological innovations & advancements in satellite phones by key market players. Conversely, mobile satellite phone companies have to follow the stringent regulatory standards, such as the International Electrochemical Commission 62262 (IEC 62262)/ European Standard EN 62262 while manufacturing of the satellite phone. This factor is predicted to hinder the market growth in the projected timeframe.
The rising adoption of mobile satellite phones is due to their ability to cater as a strong communication network during emergency situations, for co-ordination to help & rescue people stuck in extreme climatic conditions or manmade and natural disasters. This is the major factor predicted to foster the growth of the global market in the forecast period. According to the latest report published by Research Dive, the mobile satellite phone market is expected to garner $5,262.1 million during the forecast period (2020-2027). Geographically, the North America region is estimated to witness a significant growth in the projected timeframe, owing to huge investments by market players to enhance the application of mobile satellite phone in defense missions and public safety. The key players functioning in the global market include Globalstar, Inmarsat, Ericsson, Iridium Communications Inc., EchoStar Corporation, Thuraya Telecommunications, Intelsat, PKI Electronic Intelligence GmbH, AT&T, and Telstra.