5 Surprising Facts about the Mobile Satellite Industry


The Mobile satellite industry is not static. It started from scratch, but it continues to experience tremendous growth. As the world continues to grow rapidly, there is an increased demand for mobile communication technology. Below you will find some surprising facts about the Mobile satellite industry that we hope you didn’t know.


1. The first communication satellite was launched in 1957


Today’s satellite communications including the mobile one trace their origins way back in 1945 when Arthur Clarke sent a letter to the editor of Wireless World magazine. Arthur detailed out his theory in terrestrial relays. From his theory, the first communication satellite, known a Sputnik 1, was launched on 4th October 1957 by the Soviet Union. It was as big as the size of a football pitch. The satellite orbited the Earth transmitting a “beep beep” sound. It stayed in the space for 21 days.


2. The Mobile Satellite is the fastest-growing segment of the global satellite


If you did know, the mobile Satellite Industry is the fastest-growing segment of the global satellite services industry. Reports released by the Satellite Industry Association (SIA) indicate that mobile satellite industry recorded 25% increase in sales in 2014. In the services segment, consumer services in mobile industry continue to dominate recording around $101 billion in sales in 2013.


3. The leading telecommunication brands worldwide

According to Wikipedia, the leading telecommunication brands worldwide are China Mobile, AT&T, Vodafone, Verizon and Deutsche Telekom. China Mobile, a Chinese company, is leading as the world largest mobile phone network operator. The provider has over 822.91 million subscribers followed by Vodafone with 449.19. In the United States, Verizon is leading with the greatest share of the market.


4. The introduction of technologies such as Smartphone and tablet


If you didn’t know, the introduction of mobile technologies such as tablet and Smartphone has broadened the potential and reach of mobile satellite industry. For example, in the United States, approximately 250 million people are expected to use mobile phones by the year 2016. This is around 80 percent of the American population. Around three quarters of this population will use either a tablet or a Smartphone. By 2020, the global wireless mobile network rate is expected to grow up to 99 percent as a result of improved mobile satellite.

5. Mobile satellite industry generates more revenues than other satellite industries


According to the Satellite Industry Report released in 2014, the global satellite industry revenue for 2013 year was $189.2 billion. This was a 3 percent increase from the previous year. The mobile satellite industry generated more revenues than other satellite industries. Additionally, the mobile satellite industry demonstrated positive growth in terms of consumer consumption compared to other satellite industries. The reason for this positive growth was as a result of continued growth in subscription with various mobile satellite communication providers.