Via Satellite: Viasat, Ligado, and Skylo to Collaborate on Direct to Device Services

Viasat and Ligado have worked together in the past to provide mobile satellite services over the SkyTerra satellite, which covers North America and surrounding waters.

Viasat, Ligado Networks, and Skylo Technologies plan to work together to offer direct-to-devices services, the companies announced Thursday. The three companies have signed a non-binding MoU to offer direct-to-device (D2D) satellite services via Ligado’s SkyTerra satellite network.

The companies intend to launch commercial services in 2023 across a range of market segments including consumer smartphone, automotive, and defense applications. The partners aim to bring smartphone messaging, wearable connectivity, and IoT services connecting cellular devices to satellite connectivity.

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