Can Flat Panel Technology Deliver on Price and Performance?

Northern Sky Research has followed the flat panel satellite antenna market for years and in its Flat Panel Satellite Antenna Analysis predicts growth reaching $710 million in annual revenue by 2025 from units shipped.  The driving forces behind this technology stems from the launch of high throughput satellites (HTS), skyrocketing demand for connectivity in mobility markets, such as aeronautical, and the relentless pressure to drive down costs.  

Within the commercial airline market, passengers simply expect to be connected all the time, regardless of their location, for a reasonable price. Airline passenger connectivity services alone are forecasted to mature from $700 million in 2015 to nearly $5.4 billion by 2025, a 23% CAGR over 10 years, according to Euroconsult.  And flat panel antennas are the key to making this a reality.  

Isotropic Systems Limited (ISL), named in NSR’s flat panel report, is making strides in technology that pushes the limits within an exploding industry, that is cutting edge even for tomorrow.

ISL’s scientific approach goes beyond ‘flat’ in terms of shape and can be designed to match any desired form factor. Using Transformation Optics, ISL will pave the way for driving down the cost of antennas, removing one of the most critical barriers of adoption and passing this to the end-user.

Beyond Aviation

The applications of Isotropic System’s antenna technology are endless – from super yachts, cruise lines and connected cars to commercial shipping, constellation and HTS operators, even connectivity service providers.  Essentially, anything that moves can be connected more efficiently, without compromising performance or aesthetics. 

While still in development by world leading scientist’s including Professor Yang Hao at Queen Mary University, ISL’s technology has peaked the interest of many investors and strategic partners. 

Today’s flat panel antenna technology has yet to deliver on price and performance, however, with the advancements promised by emerging companies such as ISL, a new paradigm in antenna performance is around the corner.