COVID-19, 5G AND THE CLOUD: WHAT’S THE ROAD AHEAD FOR GROUND EQUIPMENT?
COVID-19 has generally dealt the Ground Segment with severe impact as many deployments were put on hold and spending on CAPEX, delayed. Enterprise and Mobility segments were and continue to be hard hit. There is, however, very different behavior on multiple market segments depending on the use case. Consumer Broadband and Backhaul are doing fine, backend infrastructure such as HUBs are being deployed as market players prepare to capture growth once the world goes back to normal. Going forward, the Ground Segment will need to hit the key requirement of how to make satellite integral with 5G and the Cloud, and how to make the so called “standard service orchestration” work within the satellite ecosystem.