The market is set to showcase robust growth between 2011-13, stimulated by mass intake of satellite communication (SATCOM) capability for defence and security purposes. Ministry of Defences (MODs) in the region are acquiring satellite communication (SATCOM) capability in earnest due to increased recognition of it as a force multiplier. The market is set to register an anticipated compound annual growth rate of 12.5 per cent from 2009 to 2018.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (aerospace.frost.com), Middle East Strategic and Tactical Communications Market Assessment, finds that the market is set to earn revenues of over $745.0 million in 2009 and estimates this to reach $905.0 million by 2018. The markets covered in this research are satellite communication bandwidths, SATCOM terminals and radio systems. The technologies covered are space technology, wireless and network technology and microwave technology.
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"The military satellite communication (MILSATCOM) terminal market is experiencing a major shift towards miniaturised multi-band communication-on-the-move (COTM) terminals as higher bands are gradually being widely utilised," says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Sabbir Ahmed. "Miniaturised multi-band terminals are likely to dominate the future SATCOM terminal market due to advantage of higher mobility, flexibility of accommodating a range of higher bands such as Ku,and Ka with an option to further accommodate futuristic advanced extremely high frequency (AEHF) band. This means more situational awareness, greater connectivity and faster throughput in the last tactical mile."
Communication companies need to focus more on R&D and innovation in this direction to remain competitive. Companies with budgetary constraints related to R&D should investigate the potential of collaborations.
The radio market is moving towards the software-defined radio (SDR) technology based tactical networks, with High Capacity Data Radio (HCDR) being the centrepiece. This will offer the advantage of upgrading radios through new software waveforms based on software communication architecture (SCA) or its European equivalent, while keeping the existing hardware intact. It will allow greater bandwidths, faster throughputs and transmission of Internet protocol (IP)-based applications, resulting in integration with SATCOM. However, the benefit of the technology depends largely on the efficacy of waveforms, most of which are still in the laboratory stage.
Compared to the previous growth rate of 14.0-15.0 per cent, the market has slowed to a growth rate of 4-5 per cent. This indicates that the market is still stable and will gain momentum by 2011-2013, depending on the cycle time.
"Technological and regulatory barriers in churning out greater bandwidths, shortage of skilled manpower, radio-satcom interface, communication security threats and the ongoing economic crisis are some of the key challenges faced by the Middle East STRATCOM and TACCOM market that could impede market growth," explains Ahmed. "Acquiring new investments to overcome such challenges might be difficult due to the current credit crisis. However, this drawback for existing participants could turn out to be an opportunity for new entrants."
"The Middle East MODs are increasingly replicating European model of Through-life service support, albeit with a bit difference", explains Ahmed. "Whereas, Euroean MODs are either wholly owning the total MILSATCOM infrastructure including space craft and ground terminals or completely leasing the whole system such as SKYNET 5; their Middle East counter parts are mostly leasing the transponders from hybrid satellites while owning the ground terminals." As through-life support is being treated as an integral part of the project in the current scenario, major system integrators need to develop in-house 'through life capability management' (TLCM) expertise to bring in greater visibility in terms of ascertaining costs related to managed services offering over the life cycle.
"System integrators should consider the intangible value that the project brings to the company in terms of branding, provided a superior quality project and associated services are delivered," concludes Ahmed. "This will have a cascading effect of winning further bids elsewhere in the region, as references to past projects have a distinct advantage in the Middle East market."
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