Survey of the Chinese and Indian Telecom Space Industry and Market

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Acknowledging the domains of excellence that Chinese and Indian space industry has been able to build through ambitious space programmes, the ESA study aims to better understand the background against which this success has been achieved.

In particular the study will focus on the political, regulatory, economic and business aspects affecting all elements of the value chain in the satellite communication and navigation sectors in both countries. The study will also help to identify future domains of co-operation that can be of mutual benefit to Europe, China and India.


China and India have grown as major players in the global space market, swiftly scoring significant achievements in launch systems, manned spaceflight, scientific, telecommunication and Earth observation satellites.

The investment in defence and institutional programmes supports the development of commercial products. The level of resources committed are very substantial in absolute terms and comparable to other global players.

The ground segment and the value-adding industry are expanding at a fast pace under the concurrent pressure of an unyielding demographic and economic growth, spread over large territory, a buoyant industrialisation and an incomplete telecommunication terrestrial infrastructure. Both countries can rely on a vast pool of national expertise in software.


A deeper insight into the Indian and Chinese SatCom and SatNav sectors. Recommendations for ESA and European Space Industry for cooperation with these countries.



  1. Analysis of the Chinese and Indian national strategies for space, including the priority given to the space industry, planning horizon, strategic objectives, resources and funding. It shall provide an overview of the key players and of the structure of the different space sectors.
  2. A strategic analysis of the satellite communications and navigation sectors for the European industry.
Current status

Final Presentation was given at ESTEC on 21st January 2010. The study has been completed.