Globalstar sees market exuberance for direct-to-cell satellite broadband potential and heads in opposite direction

by Peter B. de Selding

LA PLATA, Maryland — Some current and prospective satellite constellation operators in the past year have switched their focus from IoT to direct-to-device (D2D) on the assumption that today’s emergency-text service will expand to full broadband connectivity from a satellite to an unmodified smartphone and find a large market.

Much of the shift in attention has followed Apple’s late-2022 introduction of an emergency-text feature on new iPhones using Globalstar satellites. Apple is financing a new generation of Globalstar satellites to launch in 2025 . . .

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