Despite the recent huge investments in highly capable new satellites by Ligado Networks , TerreStar and DBSD in recent years, the handheld MSS market has hardly noticed any impact from these new systems. Inmarsat has achieved rather more success with its ISatPhone Pro, but low airtime rates did little to stimulate revenue growth and Iridium’s subscriber growth remained surprisingly resilient.
In summer 2012, Inmarsat raised the price of its handheld service, apparently conceding that there is only limited elasticity of demand in this market. Nevertheless, now its two-way service quality has improved, Globalstar hopes to rapidly regain its former market position, and Thuraya continues to make steady progress with its new phones, so many observers expect the level of competition to grow over the next year.
Hear from the leading providers about their expectations for the future of the handheld voice market, and what we can expect in terms of new services and capabilities in 2013 and beyond.