Light Reading: Satellite players rocket across MWC

D2D "will drive everything that's happening," said Tarun Gupta, Skylo CPO and co-founder.

There's a clear reason why satellites are such a hot topic right now: It's the new phone-to-satellite messaging services that are hitting the market from the likes of Apple, Huawei and Bullitt. Such services – dubbed "direct to device" (D2D) services by those in the satellite industry – promise to allow regular smartphones to connect to satellites hundreds of miles up in the sky.

That represents a major new development considering satellite connections were previously reserved exclusively for dedicated satellite phones, often bulky and expensive ones.

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