SODAQ Receives Funding from Netherlands Space Office (NSO) and ESA to Evaluate Satellite Operators for IoT Services

PRESS RELEASE | Amsterdam (NL), JULY 14, 2023 – As the number of satellite operators offering IoT Services continues to rapidly increase, questions arise regarding their ability to deliver on their promises. It is difficult to assess the veracity of their claims made in press releases and on their websites.

Global coverage is crucial for many IoT applications, and terrestrial networks like LTE-M, NB-IOT, and LoRa only cover a portion of the globe. Therefore, satellite connectivity remains the only viable option for achieving true global coverage.

The challenge now lies in deciding which satellite operator to choose from the extensive list available. SODAQ, a leading IoT technology provider, recognized that the most effective approach would involve conducting a comprehensive analysis of available options. This analysis would lead to a shortlist of operators that hold potential for meeting the demands of the IoT market. Subsequently, SODAQ plans to conduct trials with the top three operators.

To accomplish this milestone, SODAQ has received funding from the Netherlands Space Office (NSO) to launch a project under the supervision of the European Space Agency (ESA).

The primary objective of this initiative is to develop functional IoT devices on three of the identified satellite networks.

These devices will serve as proof of concept, enabling a comprehensive comparison, and ultimately, the selection of the ideal satellite operator to collaborate with in the future.

SODAQ believes that this project will contribute significantly to the advancement of IoT services and the adoption of satellite connectivity for global IoT deployments.

For more information, please contact:

Jan Willem Smeenk
Senior Solution Architect
SODAQ Engineering

Jan Willem Smeenk, Co-founder & Senior Solutions Architect at SODAQ


SODAQ is a leading IoT technology provider dedicated to developing innovative solutions for the IoT market. With a focus on providing global connectivity, SODAQ strives to deliver reliable, scalable, and secure IoT solutions that meet the evolving needs of various industries.

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