Viasat, Inc. and Skylo Technologies announced the launch of the world's first global direct-to-device (D2D) network. The companies' global infrastructure agreement will, for the first time, allow Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), device makers and chipset manufacturers to take 3GPP Release 17 compliant products to market, within Viasat's global network coverage. Viasat Inc. and Skylo technologies launch the world's first global direct -to- device technology with Viasat's geostationary, L-band satellite constellation and licensed spectrum holdings (through its subsidiary, Inmarsat), as well as those of other satellite operator partners, the new network will support consumer smartphone services and unlock the potential for massive Internet of Things (IoT), automotive and defense applications.

The combination of the network with MNO and chipset manufacturer collaboration will provide new opportunities for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) that wish to embed connectivity into their smartphones, wearables, vehicles, machinery and other devices. Food producers, miners and logistics businesses will gain access to enhanced connectivity experiences, through cellular or satellite, without the need for proprietary satellite hardware, reducing end-user costs and contributing to the optimization and sustainability of global production and supply chains. The new network will utilize Viasat's global L-band capabilities as well as partner satellite operator networks.

L-band is widely known for its reliability and is trusted by governments to deliver mission-critical data, ensuring Viasat's and Skylo's D2D network will be capable of securely delivering data to serve the needs of businesses, governments and out-of-reach consumers. Viasat's geostationary licensed L-band network is also ideally suited for delivering D2D services and will not require the use of terrestrial spectrum or global regulatory changes or approvals.