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Despite stalled growth in China, Brazil and Russia, a wave of newly middle-class travelers from the BRICs and beyond will start visiting international destinations in the coming decades — dwarfing the numbers we’ve seen thus far.
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Iridium and Globalstar have started selling satellite hotspots. They’re slow, and they’re expensive, but they’ll work on mountaintops, in the deepest jungle or most windswept desert, and in Iridium’s case, even at the Earth’s poles.
Your typical consumer isn’t going to be interested in a regular subscription to an Iridium or Globalstar plan. But I can imagine a situation that almost every consumer might want to access to such a hotspot on a temporary basis. Iridium CEO Matt Desch said he expects its Go hotspot to be highly popular in the rental market. For instance, outfitters might rent out hotspots to trekkers before they set out on their expeditions.