Advanced Television


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

Analysts: Iridium is on a roll

Iridium Communications operates 66 active satellites and connects its customers with global voice and data from its hand-held satellite phones and terminals. It has moved from a quarterly loss to its fourth straight quarter of double digit growth and a profit and reported an extremely buoyant forward guidance with subscribers growing to 1.78 million (from […]

April 27, 2022

Iridium boosts subs, revenues

Satellite constellation Iridium has trimmed its quarterly loss to $5.9 million ($7.9 million a year ago, and $107.9 million back in 2019) helped by “the best subscriber growth in the company’s history” according to CEO Matt Desch. Iridium is best described as the original pioneer in low Earth orbiting craft and has a secure 7-year […]

February 21, 2022By Chris Forrester

Iridium subs up 14%

Mobile satellite operator Iridium says it has grown its ‘billable’ subscriber base by 14 per cent to 1.518 million, saying that the jump was driven by growth in both commercial and government customers. Iridium’s revenue growth during the first quarter-year of 2021 grew 1 per cent to $146.5 million made up of $116.2 million in […]

April 21, 2021By Chris Forrester