Technology market: a perspective from the sea

One of my areas of interest is related to technologies at sea. In particular the niche market located at the intersection between satellite telecommunication, IT and maritime sectors.  Some interesting numbers related to these sectors are provided from this 4 sources:

Following some points that got my attention:

  • Satellite industry is valued $177.3 Billion as the intersection of the Telecom industry ($4.23 Trillion) and the Space industry ($289.8 Billion)
  • The global satellite industry posted 5% growth in 2011
  • Of 994 operational satellites, 38% are commercial communications satellites
  • All four satellite industry segments posted growth in 2011: Satellite Services, Satellite Manufacturing, Launch Industry, Ground Equipment
  • The number of commercially-procured launches remained relatively stable, increasing from 54 in 2010 to 56 in 2011 (Geosynchronous (GEO) 24, Low Earth Orbit (LEO) 23, Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) 9, does not include launches conducted by government entities for government customers outside of commercial procurement processes)
  • In 2012, the IT sector technology equity is worth $7T and represents 14.7% of the total global market cap
  • In 1990, technology oligarchs controlled the industry. The largest 10 IT companies represented over 80%. In 2012 the top 10 companies’ share rebounded to 30% of total IT market cap
  • In 2012 the top IT firms market capitalized companies are: Apple, Microsoft, IBM, China Mobile, Samsung, Google, ATT, Oracle, Vodafone, Intel
  • Microsoft and Intel are the only companies present the top 10 market caps each decade, a testament to technology’s relentless pursuit of invention and innovation
  • Commercial maritime market represents 75,421 vessels. Other potential maritime markets are: Fishing 32,669 vessels, Inland 18,033 vessels, and Leisure 1,028,000 vessels
  • COMSYS projects vigorous growth in the maritime VSAT market, forecasting that the number of vessels in service will double by 2016, bringing the total number of VSATs in service to more than 26,000
  • VSAT maritime market revenue expanded 9% in 2010 and 2011 and is now close to $1 billion

My interest in technology has led me to analyse it from different perspectives. My present perspective is from the sea. What is your perspective?

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