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A Battle of Command Emerges Between the IoT Satellite Operators

US-based startup Swarm Technologies and 28-year-old renowned Orbcomm, both willing to Command the fast-growing Internet of things markets, are locked in a conflicting tussle over plans to expand overseas. Orbcomm, reportedly, is challenging a letter the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) sent on March 10, aimed to clarify the partnership of association Between the startup and the established conglomerate.

The letter instructed on how both the companies would work together and share the spectrum in Very High-Frequency bands worldwide. Orbcomm during a regulatory filing said that the letter needs to be rescinded with immediate effect because the state of affairs was emerging to be perplexed. In an agreed retaliation by Swarm Technologies, the company described its partnering association’s request to be frivolous.

It further stated that Orbcomm’s moves aim to confuse international regulators and delay its expansion. The FCC granted Swarm a license in January 2019 to integrate 150 Satellite in a VHF band, which started the rowing tussle between both companies. Notably, the license came a year after the launch of the integrated Satellite by the Silicon Valley startup without FCC’s agreement.

Swarm’s hockey puck size Spacebee Satellite were found to be much smaller than the currently traversed by Orbcomm. In a conflicting statement, Swarm’s CTO, Ben Longmied that its low power and low-cost approach will disrupt a market where it observes a rising demand for IoT connections and machines to space-based networks. The Brazilian and European extension plans have been disrupted with the allowance and regulation of working together with Orbcomm increasing the bandwidth of the US space networks. The factor that is concerning is that the pact includes getting clearance from the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administration, a coordinating body that will allow Swarm devices to circulate without intervention in around 48 countries in Europe.

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