Satellite Communication for IoT Networks –
Technology Trend Report

July 2019 | 32 pages

This offers insights into LEO satellites, major IoT applications, and the impact of emerging technologies

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What’s included:

An in-depth analysis of LEO satellites and how they are catering to the IoT market

A look at major IoT applications using satellite communication

Partnership details and future roadmaps of the NewSpace companies

A look at emerging technologies such as 5G, AI, blockchain, and quantum computing

Impact of satellite-terrestrial configurations on the autonomous vehicle industry

Analysis of machine learning techniques being used for interference mitigation, fault prediction, dynamic beam scheduling, and inter-satellite switching

Adoption trends of quantum computing and blockchain in IoT space applications to strengthen cybersecurity

A close look at the use of low-cost, compact, and electronically steered antennas for tracking LEO satellites

Top organizations to have found mentions in this report include Myriota, Aistech, SAS, Open Cosmos, Astrocast, and Fleet Space Technologies, among others


With an emerging NewSpace and the rising demand for global IoT connectivity, the satellite IoT industry is set for a transformation. The fast-emerging, key trends in the satellite IoT ecosystem include exploration of innovative satellite solutions and adoption of robust and dynamic business models. Furthermore, there is a growing shift in investments and research from public to private organizations. The rising demand for IoT end-device connectivity calls for innovative communication techniques. Terrestrial infrastructure, along with satellite communication, appears set to play a key role in supporting IoT applications in diverse areas, including mining locations, deep sea, and remote sites where cellular connectivity is unavailable.

This report discusses the emerging trends in satellite communication for IoT applications, such as exploration of new orbits, development of nanosatellites, and impact of blockchain, AI, and 5G for a connected satellite environment.

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1. Introduction

  • Need for Satellite Communication in the IoT Ecosystem
  • IoT Applications Using Satellite Communication
    • Mining
    • Maritime
    • Asset Tracking
    • Other Applications
  • Transformation in the Satellite Industry for IoT Market

2. Trends in Satellite IoT communication

  • Exploration of New Orbits for IoT Applications
    • Table of Comparison
    • How GEO satellite are enabling IoT Applications?
    • How LEO Satellites are addressing the Requirements of the IoT market?
  • Impact of Emerging Technologies on the Satellite IoT Ecosystem
    • Integration of Satellite and 5G Networks for Connected Environments
    • Blockchain and Quantum Communication Providing Secure Satellite IoT Operations
    • Machine Learning Building Intelligent Satellite Networks
  • Evolutionary Antenna Technologies Enabling Satellite-IoT Device Communication

3. Satellite Companies Targeting IoT Market

  • Traditional Satellite Providers
    • Inmarsat
    • Iridium Communications
    • Intelsat
    • Globalstar
    • Orbcomm
    • Other Key Companies
  • Satellite IoT Startups
    • Funding Graph
    • Emerging Companies Providing LEO Satellites
    • Other Innovative Startups in the Domain
  • Amazon Entering the Satellite Industry

4. Insights and Recommendations

  • Key Deductions
  • Opportunities for Other Non-space Companies
    • Automotive Industry: Utilizing LEO Satellite Solutions
    • Mobile Operators and Telecom Companies: Expanding IoT Portfolios
    • Cloud Providers and IT Companies: Delivering Innovative Infrastructure

5. References

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Onam Prasad

Onam holds a Master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago with specialization in telecommunications. At the University of Illinois her course of study covered subjects including wireless communications, RF systems, semiconductors, networking, digital communication, etc. She was also a member of Society of Women Engineers and attended many conferences and sessions related to initiatives by women technologists and awareness of technology across diversity.

Onam has research expertise in topics related to IoT, 5G connectivity solutions, autonomous systems, RF devices, semiconductor fabrication, telecommunication equipment, ICs and Chipsets, etc. She works on custom research projects and provides technology consulting and advisory to clients on a range of aspects including creation of strategic partnerships, development and adoption of innovative or disruptive technologies, R&D and product roadmap creation, etc. by leveraging robust research approaches and methodologies that combine competitive intelligence, patent landscape, M&A, trend analysis and other important parameters. The combination of her education, expertise and professional experiences makes her one of Netscribes lead analysts in the electronics, telecom and semiconductors domains.

Faizal Shaikh

Faizal has been associated with Netscribes’ Innovation Research team since the last 3 years. He has worked on emerging technology domains including IoT connectivity solutions and management, sensing/antenna technologies for autonomous vehicles and connected cars, 5G technology trends, hardware security solutions, RF front-end for portable devices, advanced semiconductor chipsets, futuristic display technologies, etc.

His areas of interest include semiconductor fabrication and processing, networking and 5G related studies, telecommunications, display technologies, user interfaces, sensors and robotics among others. He has been actively involved in technology assessment/consulting, competitor analysis and benchmarking, and technology roadmap studies that require complete understanding of the ecosystem.

Faizal graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering with specialization in Electronics and Telecommunications from Mumbai University.

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