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Analysys Mason has acquired Northern Sky Research, a Cambridge based research and consulting firm specialised in the space sector.

The deal deepens Analysys Mason’s capabilities in the satellite communications and space sector, at a time when the segment is rapidly converging with the worlds of telecoms and technology – two of Analysys Mason’s key areas of focus.

“At a time when 5G and satellite technologies and investment models are converging with disruptive effect, this acquisition couldn’t be more timely, and puts us in a unique position to advise our clients on these important developments,” said Bram Moerman, Executive Vice Chair at Analysys Mason.

Analysys Mason acquires space specialist Northern Sky Research

Founded in 2000, Northern Sky Research is a global provider of satellite and space market research services across areas such as satellite & space applications, infrastructure, military & defence, and earth observation. The firm’s 20-strong team also provides strategic and financial consulting services to clients spanning corporates and governments to start-ups.

“We have long admired the Northern Sky Research team for their world-class analysis and insights and are delighted to welcome them to Analysys Mason,” said Moerman.

“Adding their satellite and space expertise to our strong expertise in the technology, media and telecom sector will provide an exceptional breadth of services to new and existing clients worldwide, underpinned by a unique knowledge base spanning 5G, fibre and satellite platforms,” he added.

Christopher Baugh, founder and CEO of Northern Sky Research, said: “We are very excited to be joining Analysys Mason. Against a backdrop of accelerating integration of terrestrial and satellite networks, as well as the rapid expansion of space activities worldwide, our combined knowledge and track record provides a tremendous opportunity to enhance our position globally as a satellite and space research and consulting provider.”

The deal is Analysys Mason’s first acquisition since the purchase of German telecom consultancy Allolio & Konrad (in 2020) and Swedish consultancy Stelacon (in 2019).

Last year, governments worldwide invested an estimated $92 billion in the space sector – a new record. According to the research by Euroconsult, geopolitical tensions and conflicts over resources are pushing Earth’s superpowers into the scramble for the stars.