January 2018 marked the first time a U.S. communications satellite operator deployed satellites without the…
The top three operators of the overall number of communications satellites deployed in 2018 are headquartered in . . .
Of the 128 communications satellites deployed in 2018, 28% of them (36) involved communications for maritime tracking;
The majority of communications satellites deployed in 2018, 66% (85), were for commercial purposes. Civil government missions ranked . . .
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Global, dedicated, and secure communications networks are vital to governments, militaries, and agencies around the world. Increased demand for capacity—particularly secure connectivity using non-commercial frequency bands—continued to drive deployment of dedicated military communications satellite systems. The U.S. military bought significant capacity from commercial operators such as Intelsat and SES in 2014. However, the way the military buys the bandwidth has been criticized by commercial satellite communications services as expensive and outdated.
Dedicated and secure communications links are vital to defense agencies around the world. Increasing demand for capacity—particularly secure connectivity using non-commercial frequency bands—has driven the deployment of dedicated military communications satellites. The U.S. military buys a significant portion of its capacity from commercial operators such as Intelsat and SES. However, the United States also relies on military-specific systems such as the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) program, supplying dedicated communications to U.S. and allied military forces around the globe.