Mobile satellite network operator Iridium, its proprietary D2D offer rebuffed by market, adopts standards-based approach

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Mobile satellite services provider Iridium Communications Inc., rebuffed in its attempt with Qualcomm Inc. to offer the market a proprietary satellite direct-to-device (D2D) service, is returning with a fully standards-based offer called Project Stardust.

The move, which was expected, eliminates some of the issues that handset makers had with Iridium’s partnership with Qualcomm to put Iridium’s proprietary satellite communications technology inside Qualcomm’s proprietary SnapDragon modem.

The collaboration collapsed when Qualcomm determined that smartphone and other original . . .

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