No consensus among major telcos on business potential of satellite D2D

by Peter B. de Selding

LA PLATA, Maryland — Satellite direct-to-device (D2D) connectivity with mass-market smartphones is no longer dismissed as “cold fusion,” in the words of mobile satellite services provider Iridium Communications CEO Matt Desch, who has since changed his view.

But whether it’s a future big business is still a subject of debate. Major mobile network operators (MNOs) have yet to invest heavily in the technology even though two D2D startups that are among the most MNO-friendly — Lynk Global and AST SpaceMobile — are badly in need . . .

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