Eutelsat commits to 4 revenue-generating IoT payloads from Loft Orbital, AAC Clyde to test market with SigFox

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Satellite fleet operator Eutelsat has selected Loft Orbital and AAC Clyde Space for the launch of four payloads, two from each manufacturer, to debut commercial service of Eutelsat’s ELO IoT system.

Eutelsat’s commitment, which includes terrestrial-IoT provider SigFox as an anchor — but not exclusive — customer, puts more pressure on the French government-overseen Kineis constellation, which has secured initial funding but has not yet committed to a constellation of satellites:

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