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Optus’ nanosatellite deal highlights risks for LPWAN market

Australian telco Optus has signed up Myriota to provide it with remote and regional coverage, using Myriota’s nanosatellites. The pair say this is the first such deal between a telco and a nanosat provider, and this is the kind of deal that was envisioned by the recent Satellite IoT forecast, produced by Wireless Watch’s sister service, Rethink IoT. For LPWAN providers, these nanosatellites could be valuable allies or fierce rivals. For the largest telcos or global enterprises, partnering with a provider like Myriota is an easy way to bring coverage to large swathes of a country that would be prohibitively expensive to reach using terrestrial networks. Expansive countries with low population densities are ideal candidates, and to this end, it…

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