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Soracom partners with Skylo to deliver cloud-native IoT non-terrestrial network connectivity

Soracom announced a new strategic partnership with Non-Terrestrial Network (NTN) service operator Skylo Technologies. This collaboration promises customers building IoT solutions and M2M devices access to Skylo's leading direct-to-device 3GPP NTN connectivity, along with the advanced capability of Soracom’s fully-virtualized cellular platform.

The combination of NTN-based NB-IoT connectivity and cloud-based IoT network management represents the next generation of IoT connectivity: highly available, highly affordable, ubiquitous, and deeply integrated with the hyperscale cloud platforms that serve as the backbone of today’s IoT. Soracom’s fully virtualized global platform provides full MVNO capability paired with powerful connectivity management tools.

Since 2021, Soracom has offered unified, “single pane of glass” management for connectivity options from cellular and LPWA to Wi-Fi and satellite. In 2022, Soracom added native support for satellite messaging capability, allowing customers to manage satellite IoT devices and billing directly through the Soracom platform. Skylo's satellite NTN lets chipsets, modems, modules, and devices designed for terrestrial networks to connect via existing satellites using the global 3GPP Release 17 standard.

While the network is grounded in 3GPP specifications, much of the development of the network operates on what Skylo refers to as the “Standards Plus” approach. Skylo’s engineers add additional technical specifications to improve the functionality, interoperability, and ubiquity of the satellite-based network over and above the 3GPP standards, delivering an exceptional user experience. In combining Soracom protocol conversion and authentication offloading features, the customer can also minimize the amount of data transmitted over the satellite link while maintaining integration with a cloud service of their choice.

"Soracom is committed to a cloud-native future where anything can connect to the cloud from anywhere, without compromising availability, affordability, or capability," said Kenta Yasukawa, CTO and Co-Founder of Soracom. "Combining breakthrough NTN NB-IoT network, we can enable customers to add satellite coverage to their existing hardware with minimal data overhead for hyperscaler cloud integrations."

"We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Soracom, as its expertise aligns with our mission to connect the unconnected," said Dr. Andrew Nuttall, CTO and Co-Founder of Skylo. “Together, we are empowering businesses and industries to unlock the full potential of IoT, regardless of their location or infrastructure constraints, enabling real-time data access, monitoring, and control in areas not currently served by cellular connectivity.”

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