India Sky Based Communication

India Sky Based Communication Market Research Report: Forecast (2021-2026)

By Component (Modems, Gateways, Antennas, Transponders, Receivers & Transmitters, Others), By Application (Telecommunication & Data Communication, Broadband, Navigation, Remote Sensing, Broadcasting, Read more

  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Dec 2021
  • 101
  • AD88004

Market Overview

Sky-based communication systems & devices have been widespread extensively across India for different applications like navigation, broadcasting, telecommunication, monitoring & surveillance, etc. The technology has matured substantially over the past few decades and has gained traction across commercial use for numerous applications. These systems are used principally for data transfer across various devices through different transmission signals like audio, video, data, telemetry, etc.

According to MarkNtel Advisors, the India Sky Based Communication Market is projected to grow at a CAGR of around 27% during 2021-26. The market is driven primarily by the rapid adoption of technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) & the Internet of Things (IoT) in satellite communication, the increasing number of satellite launches for communication, and the escalating demand for services like maritime broadband, inflight connectivity, etc. 

Besides, the country's exponentially growing population is indicating a massive consumer base for digital communication services & products and has demonstrated an immense change in terms of the application of sky-based communication systems for real-time data processing & improving scalability across India, further states the research report, “India Sky Based Communication Market Analysis, 2021.”

Report Coverage Details
Study Period Historical Data: 2016-19
Base Year: 2020
Forecast Period: 2021-26
CAGR(2021-26) 27%
Regions Covered Middle East & Africa: Saudi Arabia, UAE, Israel, Iran, Egypt, South Africa, Turkey
Key Companies Profiled Inmarsat, Viasat, Inc., Intelsat, Telesat, L3 Technologies, Inc., Thales Group, General Dynamics, Tata Communincations, Nelco Ltd., Hughes Network Systems, Antrix Corporation, Honeywell Corporation
Unit Denominations USD Million/Billion


Covid-19 had a Two-Fold Impact on the India Sky Based Communication Market

With the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic, almost all types of industries in India underwent a decelerating effect. However, the India Sky-based Communication market witnesses a dual impact of the crisis. Initially, the government responded to the growing cases of Covid-19 by imposing stringent movement restrictions & lockdowns to curb the virus spread.

Consequently, with industries shut and hampered supply chains, the market witnessed significant financial losses. Besides, since the government restricted public gatherings, research & development activities couldn't happen to bring innovations in the satellite technology, which displayed a temporary halt on the industry.

Moreover, the same aspect also sheds some benefits to the market. While the imposition of lockdown compelled most companies to adopt remote working, the demand for secured communication channels across diverse locations spurred the requirement for sky-based communication services, resulting in market growth amidst the crisis.

India Sky Based Communication Market Research Report: Forecast (2021-2026)

Market Segmentation

Based on the Application:

  • Telecommunication & Data Communication
  • Broadband
  • Navigation
  • Remote Sensing
  • Broadcasting

Of them all, the Telecommunication & Data Communication application dominates the market with around 45% market share. It owes principally to the mounting affordability & availability of 4G entwined with the growing number of voice communication solutions due to the surging number of consumers. Besides, India is the world’s second-largest telecommunication market, with robust growth registered in the last decade. As per the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the number of subscribers for wireless or mobile telephones in India rose from 1,153.77 million in December 2020 to 1,163.41 million in January 2021.

Based on the Platform:

  • Satellites
  • UAVs
  • High Altitude Platform Stations

Of them all, Satellites lead the market with the largest share, and the same trend is expected in the coming years. It owes to the burgeoning need for a robust & established communication network to provide high internet connectivity, extensive accessibility, and lower latency to the exponentially rising population of India.

Besides, the increasing government focus on developing & adopting advanced satellite technologies and improving the current satellite connectivity infrastructure for better reachability, especially across Jammu & Kashmir, North-Eastern States, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, are other crucial aspects driving the market of Satellite platforms.

Moreover, with the booming need to cater to services like broadcasting, internet services, broadband, roaming coverage areas, etc., using high-power communication INSAT satellites using C & Ku bands, the demand for satellite-based communication is projected to spur significantly in the coming years. 

Based on the End-User:

  • Mobility 
  • Non-Mobility
    • Industrial
    • Media & Telecom
    • Agriculture

Amongst Non-Mobility, Media & Telecom acquired more than 50% market share, mainly due to the rapidly expanding media & entertainment sector of the country & the extensive application of sky-based communication across the telecom sector to relay digital signals carrying audio, video, and other data across different locations. 

For Instance: In 2018, Hughes Communications India proclaimed that Reliance Jio picked its Jupiter System enabling satellite connectivity to more than 400 4G LTE sites across remote & rural locations in India.

On the other hand, the market across the Agriculture sector is projected to display considerable growth in the coming years. It owes to the increasing government inclination toward promoting smart agriculture techniques for better & higher crop yielding by closely monitoring soil health, observing the need for inputs like water, fertilizers, pesticides, etc., using sky-based observation satellites & remote sensing technology, reveals MarkNtel Advisors in their research report,India Sky Based Communication Market Analysis, 2021.”

Market Trends

Expansion of ATMs in Rural Areas to Boost the Demand for Sky-based Communication

In November 2020, India had a sizeable number of 234,357 ATMs. Later on, in 2021, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) increased the interchange fee and encouraged the white label ATMs & banks to increase the number of cash dispensers, especially across rural areas. As a result, the demand for sky-based communication devices has substantially increased to provide a highly-reliable connection & an uninterrupted flow of information across headquarters, data centers, & bank branches.

Market Dynamics:

Key Drivers

Government Investments & Collaborations in Sky-Based Communication Systems to Drive the Market

Substantial investments by the Indian government in Sky-Based Communication Systems entwined with various initiatives cited below are driving the market through 2026:

  • The BharatNet project by Bharat Broadband Nigam Limited (BBNL) provides high-speed broadband access to rural citizens and institutions of all the Gram Panchayats in India at affordable prices.
  • In 2020, the government selected Hughes India to connect remotely-located panchayats with satellite broadband. The project entails connecting village panchayats across the Naxal-affected states like Chhattisgarh & Jharkhand.

Growth Restraints

Data Breach & Security Threats Might Hinder the Market Growth

Constant technological advancements in the field of space by the public/private sectors or leading players are creating serious concerns associated with national security, morals of war, and international administration. The rising number of satellite launches is leading to increased vulnerabilities to security threats, thereby demanding more protection for sky-based communication in India. Hence, this aspect might act as a growth restraint for the Sky-based Communication Market in India during the forecast period.

According to MarkNtel Advisors, the leading players in the India Sky-Based Communication Market are Honeywell Corporation, Inmarsat, Iridium Communications Inc., Viasat, Inc., Intelsat, Telesat, L3 Technologies, Inc., Thales Group, General Dynamics, Dhruva Space, Tata Communications Ltd., Hughes Communications India Pvt. Ltd., Antrix Corporation Ltd.

Key Questions Answered in the Market Research Report:

  1. What are the overall statistics or estimates (Overview, Size- By Value, Forecast Numbers, Segmentation, Shares) of the India Sky Based Communication Market?
  2. What are the industry size, growth drivers, and challenges?
  3. What are the key innovations, opportunities, current & future trends, and regulations in the India Sky Based Communication Market?
  4. Who are the key competitors, their key strengths & weaknesses, and how do they perform in the India Sky Based Communication Market based on the competitive benchmarking matrix?
  5. What are the key results derived from surveys conducted during the India Sky Based Communication Market study?

Market Outlook, Segmentation, and Statistics

  • Impact of COVID-19 on India Sky-Based Communication Market
  • Market Size & Analysis
    • By Revenue
  • Market Share & Analysis
    • By Component
      • Modems
      • Gateways
      • Antennas
      • Transponders
      • Receivers & Transmitters
      • Others
    • By Application
      • Telecommunication & Data Communication
      • Broadband
      • Navigation
      • Remote Sensing
      • Broadcasting
      • Others
    • By Platform
      • Satellites
        • By Frequency
          • L & S-Band (1-4 GHz)
          • C & X Band (5-12 GHz)
          • Ku & Ka-Band (13-40 GHz)
      • UAVs
      • High Altitude Platform Stations
    • By End-Users
      • By Mobility
        • Maritime
        • Aerospace & Defense
        • Transportation & Logistics
        • Government & Public Safety
        • Others
      • Non-Mobility
        • Media & Telecom
        • Enterprises (Banks, Petrol Pumps, etc.)
        • Agriculture
        • Others
    • By Competitors
      • Competition Characteristics
      • Market Share & Analysis
      • Competitive Matrix
  • India Sky-Based Communication Market Hotspots & Opportunities
  • India Sky-Based Communication Market Regulations & Policy
  • Key Strategic Imperatives for Success and Growth
  • Global Competition Outlook
    • Competition Matrix
    • Company Profile

Frequently Asked Questions

A. The India Sky Based Communication Market is likely to grow at a CAGR of around 27% during 2021-26.

A. The Media & Telecom sector is projected to emerge as an area of lucrative opportunities for the leading players in the India Sky Based Communication Market during 2021-26.

A. Massive investments by the government in the development & deployment of sky based communication systems to improve & increase connectivity across remote & rural areas shall drive India Sky Based Communication Market.

A. The recommencement of research & development activities on bringing innovations in India’s satellite communication systems shall generate remunerative opportunities for the leading players & drive the market in the coming years.

  1. Introduction
    1. Product Definition
    2. Research Process
    3. Assumptions
    4. Market Segmentation
  2. Executive Summary
  3. Impact of COVID-19 on India Sky Based Communication Market Analysis
  4. Impact of IOT on India Sky Based Communication Market
  5. India Sky Based Communication Market Outlook, 2016-2026F
    1. Market Size & Analysis
      1. By Revenues
    2. Market Share & Analysis
      1. Application
        1. Telecommunication
        2. Broadband
        3. Navigation
        4. Remote Sensing
        5. Broadcasting
        6. Data Communication
        7. Others
      2. By Platforms
        1. Satellites
          1. By Frequency
            1. L & S Band (1-4 GHZ)
            2. C & X Band (5-12 GHZ)
            3. Ku & Ka Band (13-40 GHZ)
        2. UAVs
        3. High Altitude Platform Stations
      3. By Components
        1. Modems
        2. Gateways
        3. Antennas
        4. Transponders
        5. Receivers & Transmitters
        6. Others
      4. By End Users
        1. Mobility
          1. Maritime
          2. Aerospace & Defence
          3. Transportation & Logistics
          4. Government & Public Safety
          5. Others
        2. Non-Mobility
          1. Industrial
          2. Media & Telecom
          3. Agriculture
          4. Others
      5. By Competitor
        1. Competition Characteristics
        2. Market Share
        3. Competitor Alignment in Competition Metrix
  6. India Sky Based Communication Market Analysis Dynamics
    1. Growth Drivers
    2. Challenges
    3. Impact Analysis
  7. India Sky Based Communication Market Analysis Trends & Insights
  8. India Sky Based Communication Market Analysis Hotspots & Opportunities
  9. India Sky Based Communication Market Analysis Regulations
  10. Competitive Benchmarking
    1. Competition Matrix
      1. Product Portfolio
      2. Target Markets
      3. Target End Users
      4. Research & Development
      5. Strategic Alliances
      6. Strategic Initiatives
    2. Company Profiles (Business Description, Product Offering, Target Markets, Assets, Strategic Alliances or Partnerships, etc.)
      1. Inmarsat
      2. Viasat, Inc.
      3. Intelsat
      4. Telesat
      5. L3 Technologies, Inc.
      6. Thales Group
      7. General Dynamics
      8. Tata Communincations
      9. Nelco Ltd.
      10. Hughes Network Systems
      11. Antrix Corporation
      12. Honeywell Corporation
    3. Disclaimer
India Sky Based Communication Market Segmentation