Semtech and EchoStar Mobile Launch New Initiative Enabled by LoRaWAN® Protocol
4 May 2021 – Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq: SMTC), a leading supplier of analogue and mixed-signal semiconductor products, and EchoStar Corporation (Nasdaq: SATS), a mobile satellite services provider, announced the launch of an initiative to test satellite connectivity services enabled by the LoRaWAN® protocol.
“With our technology collaborator, Semtech, and as a new member of the LoRa Alliance®, we are excited to explore the use of next-generation LoRaWAN network technology to bring new satellite-based connectivity services to the Internet of Things (IoT) market,” said Telemaco Melia, Senior Director of Commercial Operations at EchoStar Mobile (above). “New LoRa satellite services are expected to bring lower price points to the market, opening up a larger addressable opportunity across key industries including logistics, asset tracking, transportation, utilities, agriculture, and maritime.”
The LoRa Alliance is an open, non-profit global association that develops, maintains, and promotes the LoRaWAN protocol for low power wide area networks (LPWANs). Recently the LoRa Alliance expanded the LoRaWAN protocol to include Long Range – Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (LR-FHSS) data rates.
LR-FHSS extends the LoRaWAN protocol’s support to enable direct data links from end nodes to satellites. It does this by leveraging either the Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) unlicensed band, or, in the case of EchoStar Mobile, through licensed spectrum, which provides a differentiated service versus the ISM band. LR-FHSS can support millions of end nodes and delivers a new level of robustness for IoT services.
“It’s estimated that only 10% of the world’s surface has terrestrial connectivity. Semtech’s LoRa® devices integrated with LR-FHSS allow satellites to connect IoT devices in the vast remote areas around the globe to enable IoT solutions with an unmatched continuum of coverage and performance,” said Marc Pegulu, vice president of IoT product marketing and strategy for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group. “Our work with EchoStar Mobile and LoRa Alliance members is expected to achieve complementary satellite and terrestrial LoRaWAN network connectivity services for customers who require global coverage from land to sea to air.”
About Semtech’s LoRa® Platform
Semtech’s LoRa device-to-Cloud platform is a globally adopted long range, low power solution for IoT applications, enabling the rapid development and deployment of ultra-low power, cost efficient and long range IoT networks, gateways, sensors, module products, and IoT services worldwide. Semtech’s LoRa devices provide the communication layer for the LoRaWAN® protocol, which is maintained by the LoRa Alliance®, an open IoT alliance for Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) applications. The LoRa Alliance, of which Semtech is a founding member, has been used to deploy IoT networks in over 100 countries. To learn more about how LoRa enables IoT, visit Semtech’s LoRa site.