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Space architects: satellite industry experts presented development strategies and space telecommunications market prospects until 2035 at SATCOMRUS 2023

The Russian satellite communications industry has recovered from last year’s shocks and entered a new phase of development. This conclusion was drawn by the participants of SATCOMRUS 2023 international conference and the Demo Day of Satellite Communications ICC held within the framework of the event. Both of them took place on 28 September in Astrakhan with more than 250 industry experts as well as a thousand online viewers attending them.

The plenary session was opened by Alexey Volin, Director General of RSCC, Chairman of the specialized Industry Competence Centre. He outlined the most prominent trends in the global and Russian space telecommunications markets. One of the landmark trends of 2023 was that foreign operators did not want to entirely leave the RF market, although they reduced the share of their presence there.

"Competition in the market has remained, as has the interest of foreigners in working in Russia. RSCC retained contacts with foreign partners, including those in international markets. Foreign clients still make half of the total revenue of RSCC, we continue to provide services in almost 60 countries of the world", emphasized the Director General of Russian Satellite Communications Company.

Another important trend is the consolidation of market players, as well as protectionism and dumping by small national operators seeking to launch their own satellites into space. This affects the market quite strongly and creates a highly competitive environment, says Alexey Volin.
At the same time, the price of creating spacecraft continues to rise. In Russia, this is caused by the change of currency rate and the fact that, as part of the transition to import substitution, domestic manufacturers are forced to create new solutions and developments from scratch.

Yury Urlichich, Adviser to Director General of RSCC, Chairman of the Council of the Association of Satellite Communications Market Players, who moderated the SATCOMRUS plenary session, also mentioned important tasks to be solved in ensuring technological independence.

"I would like to see the 35 established ICCs enabling our country to strengthen the industrial backbone of the economy and supporting the telecom industry. This can be facilitated by projects, for example, on chips, which we are currently lacking — the processors needed in all the computing devices. Ideally, they should be built on domestic architecture. Furthermore, beamforming chips are needed which is a key chip in creating an active phased array antenna (APAA). Such a chip provides antenna beam control, creating the necessary amplitude and phase relationships between the radiators," said Yury Urlichich.