Wireless backhaul and trunking via satellite, 18th edition

25 April 2024 | Research

Jiachen Zhang | Lluc Palerm

Forecast report | PPTX and PDF (14 slides); Excel | Satellite Strategies for Telcos

"Satellite backhaul and trunking revenue will grow at double-digit rates in the next 10 years as new satellite economics and capabilities continue to stimulate demand."


This report assesses the satellite backhaul and trunking market and investigates major trends, drivers and enablers. It also provides recommendations for mobile network operators (MNOs) and satellite players.

This report provides:

  • forecasts for capacity revenue, network revenue, equipment revenue, the number of terminal shipments and the installed base in the satellite backhaul and trunking market
  • recommendations for MNOs on how to integrate satellite backhaul
  • strategies and recommendations for satellite players on how to excel in the satellite backhaul and trunking market
  • an assessment of the major technology and business trends that are shaping the future of the market
  • information on the evolution of business models and pricing, which is essential to understand the future of the market
  • regional trends to enable players to better formulate and prioritise their market strategies.

Questions answered in this report

  • How can MNOs use satellite backhaul and trunking to reach new customers in remote areas?
  • How can the satellite ecosystem sell services to MNOs that are looking to expand their coverage into remote areas?
  • What is the projected size of the backhaul and trunking market over the next 10 years and where will the expected growth be?
  • What trends are expected in the satellite backhaul and trunking market?
  • What are the drivers and restraints in the market?

Covered in this report

  • Assessment of the trends that drive growth in each market segment and region
  • Analysis of the potential for 5G in the satellite backhaul and trunking market
  • Forecast of the revenue opportunity for established and new business models such as managed services and network as a service
  • Financial model assessment of satellite backhaul capex and opex comparison to microwave and fibre
  • Projections of site deployment by base transceiver station (BTS) technology and cell size
  • 10-year forecasting of capacity requirements across the segments

Report segmentation

Cellular backhaul

  • Active sites by BTS technology, size and frequency
  • Capacity demand by frequency
  • Capacity, managed services and network-as-a-service revenue
  • CPE shipments by BTS technology, size and frequency
  • CPE revenue



  • Active sites by frequency
  • Capacity demand by frequency
  • Capacity revenue
  • Equipment shipments by frequency
  • Equipment revenue


  • FSS C-band
  • FSS Ku-band
  • FSS Ka-band
  • Geo HTS C-band
  • Geo HTS Ku-band
  • Geo HTS Ka-band
  • Non-Geo HTS


Geographical region

  • Asia
  • Central and Eastern Europe
  • Latin America
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • North America
  • Western Europe
  • Sub-Saharan Africa

Companies mentioned in this report

ABS, Africa Mobile Networks, Altice, Amazon, Andesat, Antrix/ISRO, APT Satellite, ArabSat, AsiaSat, AT&T, Avanti Communications, Axess, Broadpeak, China Satcom, Claro, Comtech, EE, Digicel, Entel, Ericsson, Eutelsat, Facebook, Gazprom Space Systems, Gilat, Globe Telecom, Hispasat, Huawei, Hughes, ST Engineering iDirect, Intelsat, IP.ACCESS, Kacific, KDDI, MEASAT, MTN, NBN, Neotion, Nokia, Novelsat, NuRAN, O3b, OneWeb, Optus, Orange, Parallel Wireless, Quadrille, Reliance Jio, SES, SKY Perfect JSAT, Softbank, Spacecom, Spacebridge, Starlink, Speedcast, Sprint, Star One, Talia, Telefonica, Telenor, Telesat, Thaicom, TIM, T-Mobile, UHP, Verizon, ViaSat, Vodacom, Vodafone, Xiplink, YahSat and ZTE.


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Jiachen Zhang

Research Analyst

Lluc Palerm

Research Director, expert in space and satellite