The Future of Maritime Connectivity – 2017 – Information Brochure
Use cases for maritime connectivity differ hugely between parts of the industry and so too do the technologies deployed to enable connectivity. In the merchant segment, for example, there has been a strong emphasis on providing connectivity to improve crew morale, make workers more productive and also, make them less likely to seek alternative employment. Cruise liners, on the other hand, are always on the lookout for ways to differentiate their services from competitors and Wi-Fi is now offered so that passengers can use smartphones, tablet PCs and other personal computing devices to maintain contact with the “outside” world.
Furthermore, the advent of broadband connectivity, on the ground and at sea, has meant that the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution is reaching vessels and offshore platforms. The “connected ship” represents a paradigm shift for the industry and many participants are in the early stages of deploying various applications. Some have begun to embrace staged increases in connected ECDIS capabilities with the myriad of benefits associated with tighter integration with shore-based systems are becoming better and better understood.
Valour Consultancy’s latest report on the maritime connectivity market provides a complete view of the current state of play and its likely future direction. It builds upon the previous iteration of the study, as well as the firm’s acclaimed research into the closely related market for in-flight connectivity. From a data standpoint, “The Future of Maritime Connectivity – 2017” quantifies the number of vessels and offshore platforms equipped with maritime connectivity solutions in 2016 with forecasts provided out until 2021. Service revenues and average revenue per user (ARPU) are modelled over the same timeframe with splits by geographic region, maritime market segment and connectivity technology included. Additionally, the report contains an exhaustive discussion of key drivers of growth, potential market inhibitors, technological developments and the competitive environment.
Key questions answered by the report include:
- What is the size of the maritime connectivity market?
- How quickly will subscribers, revenues and ARPU grow over the next five years?
- What factors are affecting how ARPU is trending?
- How do connected vessels and offshore platforms break down into key maritime segments (fishing, leisure, merchant, military, offshore, passenger)?
- What is the regional variation in these statistics? (Asia-Pacific; Europe; Middle East & Africa; Latin America; North America)
- How is the battle playing out between L-band, C-band, Ku-band and Ka-band services? How will this change in future?
- What are the most compelling reasons to prompt vessel owners to move to VSAT?
- What are the main drivers and inhibitors of growth in the industry?
- How is maritime connectivity being used to improve internal operations as part of the Internet of Things?
- What are the key technology trends taking place?
- What is the role of alternatives technologies such as LTE, microwave, and other line-of-sight radio networks in augmenting/replacing satellite?
- What are the key satellite launches taking place over the next few years and how will they affect the provision of services?
- How is/will the regulatory environment affect VSAT operations?
- How big is the market for maritime connectivity hardware in US$ revenues, unit shipments and ASPs?
- Who are the leading providers of maritime connectivity hardware and services?
- What are the market shares of hardware manufacturers, service providers and satellite operators?
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The Future of Maritime Connectivity – 2013