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Iridium extends satellites to 2035

Iridium Communications, which provides satellite telephony and data services to the planet’s hard-to-reach areas as well as emergency services, says it is adding 5 years to its current orbital constellation, and has direct-to-smartphone firmly in its sights. Iridium’s existing mega-constellation of 66 satellites were initially given life-spans of 12.5 years when launched in 2017 or […]

February 16, 2024By Chris Forrester

Iridium unveils Project Stardust

Voice and data satellite communications provider Iridium has unveiled Project Stardust, the evolution of its direct-to-device (D2D) strategy with 3GPP 5G standards-based Narrowband-Internet of Things (NB-IoT) Non-Terrestrial Network (NB-NTN) service development. As a new standards-based solution, it will be deployed on Iridium’s existing satellite network giving the company a unique ability to offer both high-quality […]

January 10, 2024

Qualcomm pulls plug on Iridium link

Satellite operator Iridium says that chip-set giant Qualcomm has ended its relationship with Iridium. Qualcomm and Iridium were in an agreement to include satellite-to-cellular chipsets in smartphones. Iridium said that, while “the companies successfully developed and demonstrated the technology,” smartphone makers “have not included the technology in their devices,” leading Qualcomm to end the agreement. […]

November 13, 2023By Chris Forrester

Iridium celebrates 25 years in orbit

As the song goes, the road may be long and there have certainly been a few twists and turns, but this week global satellite operator Iridium is celebrating 25 years of activity. The first connections to its orbital fleet took place on November 1st 1998 and then further satellite commercial connections took place on November […]

November 2, 2023

Forecast: Satellite IoT subs at 23.9m by 2027

According to a report from specialist IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, the global satellite IoT communications market is growing at a steady pace. The global satellite IoT subscriber base grew to surpass 4.5 million in 2022. The number of satellite IoT subscribers is forecast increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 39.6 per […]

August 30, 2023

Iridium launches GO!

Iridium Communications GO! Is a new compact personal satellite communications gadget which is a smart companion to all smartphones, tablets and laptops. Based on Iridium Certus technology, the Iridium GO! exec also provides fast, reliable data speed and easy connectivity to Iridium’s satellite constallation, claims the company. The device is built and ideal for professionals […]

February 1, 2023By Chris Forrester

Qualcomm confirms Snapdragon for satellite

Qualcomm used the CES show in Las Vegas to showcase its Snapdragon chip especially engineered for satellite smartphone use. Snapdragon Satellite is a two-way satellite messaging service that will be available on “next-generation premium Android smartphones”. Its first announced customers are a partnership with satellite operator Iridium and a “collaboration” with Garmin. Snapdragon Satellite will […]

January 6, 2023By Chris Forrester

Iridium confirms satellite-to-smartphones

Constellation operator Iridium has filed with Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) notification that it will introduce a satellite-based direct-to-smartphone service. Iridium told the SEC on December 30th that it had entered into a service provider agreement which will enable Iridium’s technology to be used in everyday smartphones. It added that it expected to complete a […]

January 4, 2023By Chris Forrester

Iridium to enable smartphone connectivity

Apple’s iPhone 14 has already promised ‘emergency’ S.O.S. connectivity in remote areas in the US or Canada by using Globalstar direct-to-smartphone satellites. Now Iridium, already extremely active in supplying satellite-phone connections, says it will bring in “basic” S.O.S. for emergencies and casual use. Apple’s service will provide iPhone 14 users outside of a normal cellular […]

October 24, 2022By Chris Forrester

Bank: SES rated overweight

Analysts at Barclays have taken a close look at satellite stocks and while the bank marked down Iridium Communications (by 4.9 per cent, to a price target of $45) it has rated SES as ‘overweight’ for investors. In general terms capacity demand for telecommunications services is staying on a path for “exponential” growth (Barclays estimates […]

October 21, 2022