Asia-Pacific Maritime Satellite Communication Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Asia-Pacific Maritime Satellite Communication Market is Segmented By Type (Mobile Satellite Communication, Very Small Aperture Terminal), Offering (Solution, Service), End-user Vertical (Government, Merchant Shipping, Offshore, Passenger Ships, Leisure Vessels, Fishing), and Country.

Market Snapshot

Asia-Pacific Maritime Satellite Communication Market
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
CAGR: 11 %

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Market Overview

The Asia-Pacific Maritime Satellite Communication Market is expected to register a CAGR of approximately 11% during the forecast period (2021-2026). The Asia-Pacific region is expected to show the maximum growth rate in the Maritime Satellite Communication Market. The major factor driving market growth is increased sea-borne threats and ambiguous maritime security policies in the region.

  • With the ship traffic increasing in the region, it has become essential to improve safety and security and to safeguard the environment For instance, during the year 2018, cargo traffic at major ports in India was reported at 679.36 million tonnes, as per the IBEF. In 2019, this traffic increased by 2.9% year-on-year to 699.05 million tonnes.
  • Further, the Asia-Pacific region dominates the maritime satellite services market, as the number of in-service units that use satellite connectivity across the merchant, fishing, and oil and gas sector is expected to grow to nearly 155,000 by the end of 2024, from more than 60,000 units in 2014.
  • According to the Asia Pacific Satellite Communication Council (APSCC), Asia is expected to account for USD 800 million for satellite communication services by 2021. This is expected to be a key driver for the market for connectivity/communication for the maritime sector in the region.
  • The maritime sector also plays a vital role in the global economy. According to APSCC (Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Council), the current maritime industry comprises of more than 80,000 merchant, cruise, and government vessels at the sea and more than 1400 offshore oil rigs. In order to attain improved connectivity between the land and sea operations, the need for satellite-based communications is paramount.
  • The Asia-Pacific maritime satellite communication market is expected to experience a setback due to the ongoing coronavirus. The growth of Maritime VSAT connectivity is expected to decline over the forecast period due to lowered demand during the pandemic. The increasing demand from shipping industry, as well as heightened demand for business connectivity and operational applications is expected to sustain the growth of the market.

Scope of the Report

Satellite communication technologies help to track the ships and cargo throughout the globe. The study characterizes the satellite communication market based on the Technology type, Offering that include solutions and services, and End-user vertical. The scope of the study is currently focused on key countries in Asia-Pacific, such as China, Singapore, India, Japan, and South Korea, among others.

Mobile Satellite Communication
Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT)
End-user Industry
Merchant Shipping
Passenger Ships
Leisure Vessels
South Korea
Rest of Asia Pacific

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Key Market Trends

Government Agencies are Expected to Have the Larges Market Share in the Region

  • The increasing spending on marine products and services by various governments across the region, increasing security threats, an increasing number of waterborne transportation and trade, and other tracking are the main factors driving the growth of the market.
  • Moreover, many government agencies face an ongoing challenge to provide essential telephony services throughout their countries. Many governments worldwide have turned to VSAT networks for a low-cost, reliable public telephony solution to meet this challenge. Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) networks represent the most cost-effective solution for communities where public services telephone network (PSTN) services are unavailable, overloaded, or too expensive. 
  • Further, emerging countries, such as India, China, Japan, and South Korea, are continuously increasing their defense budgets year-over-year to strengthen their national security. The government of India is planning to handle the issue of threats by implementing a national automatic identification system for India’s coastline safety and security.
  • Also, the China Belt and Road Initiative’ and Pearl River Delta expansion projects undertaken by the government are further expected to boost the growth of the market during the forecast period.
  • In September 2019, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Communications, Electronics & Information Technology launched maritime communication services in India as maritime connectivity will enable high-end support to those traveling on sailing vessels, cruise liners and ships in India by use of satellite technology and thereby provide access to voice, data and video services.
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China Expected to Dominate the Market

  • China is expected to lead the Maritime Satellite Communication market in the Asia-Pacific region, owing to the strong trade influx, coupled with China being a key market for passenger vessels in the region.
  • Moreover, governments of countries like China, play a vital role in promoting maritime security since the maritime industry adds to the regions' economic growth. The Chinese central government took an initiative to promote intelligent shipping development in the country. Under this initiative, the government mentioned to work in collaboration with various government agencies for completing the strategy design for intelligent shipping development by the end of 2020 and further improve intelligent shipping service, safety, environment protection level and efficiency by 2035, and establish a high-quality intelligent shipping system by 2050.
  • Also, China's Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Finance issued a notice to reduce 50% of the ship's oil pollution damage compensation fund. They will not charge the port construction fee for the export and import cargos for the period of 1 March - 30 June. The measure was released to support work resumption and stabilizing operation of the economy under the prevention and control of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Furthermore, the companies in the country are witnessing strategic collaborations as a lucrative path towards growth. For instance, Gilat Satellite Networks and China Satellite Communications to collaborate to deploy Gilat’s DVB-S2X technologies throughout China to jointly provide satellite communication services covering: aero, land, and maritime fixed and mobility applications.

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Competitive Landscape

The competitive landscape of the Maritime Satellite Communication Market in the Asia-Pacific region is expected to move towards moderate fragmentation, as the market players in the region and the governments of various countries in the region are taking several initiatives for innovation in the field to improve the maritime security of the nations. Also, the market players are forming strategic partnerships and collaborations to boost their market presence in the Asia-Pacific region as well as globally.

  • August 2020 - ESChat announced the addition of push-to-talk (PTT) over satellite to the ESChat communications ecosystem. In partnership with Thales Defense & Security, the companies have integrated ESChat into the ThalesLINK line of products, specifically Thales MissionLINK and VesseLINK. ThalesLINK systems provide global communications coverage using Iridium Certus broadband services.
  • September 2019 - Thaicom Public Company Limited (THCOM) signed an Agreement of Intention with Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) to collaborate on the joint development of a service offering for maritime satellite broadband connectivity. This collaboration will leverage the capabilities of Thai and Russian marine Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) networks.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.2.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.2.4 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

      5. 4.2.5 Threat of Substitute Products

    3. 4.3 Assessment of COVID-19 impact on the industry

    4. 4.4 Market Drivers

      1. 4.4.1 Increased Sea-borne Threats and Ambiguous Maritime Security Policies

      2. 4.4.2 Need for Advanced Communications along SLOC

    5. 4.5 Market Restraints

      1. 4.5.1 Reliance on High-cost Satellite Equipment


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Mobile Satellite Communication

      2. 5.1.2 Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT)

    2. 5.2 Offerings

      1. 5.2.1 Solution

      2. 5.2.2 Services

    3. 5.3 End-user Industry

      1. 5.3.1 Government

      2. 5.3.2 Merchant Shipping

      3. 5.3.3 Offshore

      4. 5.3.4 Passenger Ships

      5. 5.3.5 Leisure Vessels

      6. 5.3.6 Fishing

    4. 5.4 Country

      1. 5.4.1 China

      2. 5.4.2 South Korea

      3. 5.4.3 Singapore

      4. 5.4.4 India

      5. 5.4.5 Japan

      6. 5.4.6 Rest of Asia Pacific


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Inmarsat Group Ltd.

      2. 6.1.2 Network Innovation Inc.

      3. 6.1.3 Thuraya Telecommunications Company

      4. 6.1.4 Thaicom PCL

      5. 6.1.5 Thales Group

      6. 6.1.6 Intelsat S.A.

      7. 6.1.7 Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Ltd.

      8. 6.1.8 Speedcast International Ltd. (Globecomm Systems Inc.)

      9. 6.1.9 The SKY Perfect JSAT Group

      10. 6.1.10 Singapore Telecommunications Ltd.

      11. 6.1.11 Eutelsat Asia PTE Ltd.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Asia-Pacific Maritime Satellite Communication Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Asia-Pacific Maritime Satellite Communication Market is growing at a CAGR of 11% over the next 5 years.

Inmarsat Group Ltd., Network Innovation Inc., Thuraya Telecommunications Company, Thaicom PCL, Thales Group are the major companies operating in Asia-Pacific Maritime Satellite Communication Market .

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