Published: June 2019
In early 2018, Valour Consultancy published the third edition of its “Future of In-Flight Connectivity” report. The study, well known for its in-depth analysis of global trends, cited the lifting of prohibitive government legislation in two of the fastest growing economies in the World, China and India, as a fundamental driver of IFC adoption in the coming years. Fresh guidelines, unveiled separately in 2018, from the Civil Administration of China (CAAC) and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) opens up sizeable and untouched domestic fleets to IFC vendors.
On a similar note, there is also growing interest in Russia, where passenger numbers are on the rise and very few airlines offer IFC today.
It is easy to see why these markets are generating so much hype today. However, any company looking to take advantage of the sizeable opportunity on offer must first navigate significant local barriers of entry, most notably very influential political powers, which have the potential to lock out global players and introduce new regional companies to an already packed IFC value chain.
This new report represents a timely deep dive into the these fast-growing but highly complex markets and will be useful for any company with an interest in IFC, globally. Connected aircraft numbers for 2018 will be provided alongside ten year forecasts out to 2028. Data will be segmented by fitment type, aircraft size, connectivity technology and geographic region. Most importantly, the report will provide detailed commentary for each market, including key trends, drivers and inhibitors and political influences.
Key questions answered by the report include:
- Which airlines in China, India and Russia currently provide in-flight Wi-Fi?
- How quickly will the number of connected aircraft grow over the next ten years? To what extent? (best-case/worst-case forecast scenarios and risk factors provided)
- What does the competitive landscape look like today in these markets? How will this change? Who are the key local service providers and how will these providers disrupt the in-flight connectivity value chain?
- How do cumulative connections and annual installations break down by communications technology? (ATG, L-band, Ku-band, Ka-band or Hybrid)
- How will airlines in these three markets overcome the costs of installing in-flight connectivity? Will a new business model emerge? If so, which will succeed?
- What are the barriers to entry and other considerations for international companies attempting to enter the Chinese, Indian or Russian markets?
- How are satellite operators engineering their services to meet the needs of increasingly bandwidth-hungry passengers in the regions, particularly in congested airspace?
- How will strict government legislation affect the adoption rate and operational costs of in-flight connectivity?
- When can we expect to see regional in-flight connectivity installations in China & India?
- What is the current and future size of the market for key in-flight connectivity hardware (in terms of revenues, unit shipments and average selling prices)?
- Who are the leading suppliers of in-flight connectivity hardware? What is their market share?
- What is the market share of connectivity service providers, airlines and satellite operators?
- What are the major technological trends taking place?
- What are the key drivers and inhibitors of market growth?