Qualcomm terminated its direct-to-device (D2D) deal with Iridium on 9 November 2023. This is a disappointing development for the D2D market because the deal was meant to be a pioneering D2D service enabling satellite messaging and emergency services in smartphones powered by Snapdragon Mobile Platforms. However, D2D is still in the very early stages, and.
Telecommunication (Telco) companies have traditionally focused on expanding terrestrial infrastructure such as fiber and cellular networks to address the growing demand for connectivity across regions. The trend is changing rapidly as Telco players are increasingly integrating Satellite Communication (Satcom) solutions in their networks to extend coverage and diversify services. The key driver for this shift.
“Direct-to-device (D2D) may be the buzz, but backhaul is still the biz,” sums up some satellite operator sentiment concerning telecom-satcom convergence during a panel at the recently concluded Satellite 2023 industry event. While satellite D2D dominates conversations at broad connectivity industry events, satellite cellular backhaul has come a long way in the telecom-satcom convergence. The.
Research firm Northern Sky Research (NSR), which specializes in the satellite communications market, is bullish on satellite-to-cellular connectivity and believes it could be a big opportunity for satellite companies to reach billions of new customers. NSR estimates that the service will deliver as much as $66.8 billion in 10-year cumulative revenues for the satellite industry..