Telco Orange S.A., all in on satellite broadband, views direct-to-device as a ‘gadget’ now, but a business later

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS— Orange S.A., one of the few heritage telcos to have maintained a satellite business and has purchased a large slice of Eutelsat’s Konnect VHTS Ka-band broadband satellite, remains skeptical about the satellite direct-to-smartphone market so long as it remains limited to emergency messaging.

But if the business, sometimes referred to as direct-to-device (D2D), evolves to enable more services in areas without terrestrial cellular, then Orange will be an investor.

“Will it be a game-changer for a . . .

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