Thuraya Telecommunications, the mobile satellite services subsidiary of Yahsat, has concluded heads of terms for an investment agreement with Astrocast, an Internet of Things and LEO network operator, which marks its first investment in a LEO satellite constellation.
The agreement looks to incorporate investment through a convertible loan valued at $17.5m.
As part of the agreement, both parties will also look to extend a technical cooperation agreement for another four years that was originally entered between Astrocast and Thuraya in 2019.
The agreement with Astrocast aims to strengthen Thuraya’s positioning in the IoT market and help expedite the execution of its strategy for satellite-enabled IoT.
The overall IoT market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 22% over the next four years to $525bn and the satellite IoT business is forecasted to generate cumulative revenues of $6bn over the same period. The strategic transaction with Astrocast represents a compelling opportunity for Thuraya to increase its exposure to a fast-growing sector that is still significantly under-penetrated and has a long runway for growth.
Commenting on the agreement, Ali Al Hashemi, Chief Executive Officer of Yahsat, said: “We look forward to working together with Astrocast to execute this strategic investment which highlights our continued belief in the outsized impact of the IoT sector for the space and satellite industries. We are pleased to further strengthen our relationship with Astrocast as we mutually explore ways to expand our service offering across GEO and LEO assets to unlock greater growth potential. Through this agreement, we are committed to enabling innovative solutions in the Maritime, Energy, Logistics, Transportation, Mining and Agriculture industries.”
Fabien Jordan, Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Astrocast, added: “We are delighted to have this agreement with Thuraya, as we anticipate their support and expertise in guaranteeing Astrocast’s success in the low-power narrowband IoT market in the future. Our partnership with Thuraya has been solid for the past four years, and their continuous support is incredibly important to us. In addition, collaborating on creating new products and applications and leveraging the Thuraya distribution network will expedite the expansion of our customer ecosystem.”