Inmarsat prepares ‘swift’ introduction, with Media Tek, of direct-to-smartphone messaging from GEO orbit

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Mobile satellite services provider Inmarsat has begun trials of a direct-to-device service using Inmarsat’s L-band from geostationary orbit with mobile network operators and user device builders with the near-term ambition of providing commercial two-way texting, device tracking and emergency communications.

London-based Inmarsat has expanded its memorandum of understanding with Taiwanese chipmaker Media Tek, with applications including connected cars and narrowband Internet of Things in addition to the smartphone market, the two companies said.

Inmarsat also has an . . .

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