Eutelsat shelves ELO commercial IoT constellation plans, recasts effort as low-level R&D

by Peter B. de Selding

LONDON — Satellite fleet operator Eutelsat has shelved plans to build its own constellation of small IoT satellites and has downgraded the project, called ELO, to a low-level R&D effort.

The company has launched five small satellites to test ELO technologies and also made a small order for ELO-compatible ground terminals. But the decision to move forward with a 25-satellite ELO constellation has been put on indefinite hold, said Vijay Thakur of Eutelsat’s Satellite Technical Authority.

“We’re looking at . . .

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