6 New Companies to Provide Iridium Mission-Critical Service
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 | Comments

Iridium Communications announced the next wave of Iridium Certus service providers selected to deliver its next-generation satellite broadband solution for land mobile applications. Globalsat, IEC Telecom, Marlink, McQ, Pivotel and Tesam Argentina will further expand the footprint for the mission-critical communications services first announced last month.

Iridium Certus and the new Thales MissionLINK terminal target off-the-grid public-safety, utility, oil and gas, military and non-government organization applications. Adoption of this technology will create “connected vehicles,” allowing drivers and their passengers to be more productive, Iridium said.

The solution offers seamless broadband connectivity that can be configured to automatically switch between Iridium Certus or local cellular infrastructure to ensure the most cost-effective option is in use regardless of deployed environmental conditions or location worldwide.

The Thales terminal is undergoing live testing and will debut at speeds of 352 kilobits per second (kbps), later upgradable to 704 kbps through a firmware update.

“The network performance results that we've confirmed through our testing have surpassed our expectations including achievement of 352 kbps data speeds and clarity of Iridium's high-quality voice calling,” said Brian Aziz, director of satcom solutions for Thales Defense & Security. “Starting this month, we will transition to field customer trials and commence high-rate production of our terminals in order to meet the demand of orders that we have already received. We anticipate Iridium's certification of the Thales MissionLink terminal next month as we continue to make progress towards commercial introduction in mid-2018.”

Unlike geostationary networks with limited global reach and bulky terminals, the architecture of the Iridium constellation, featuring 66 interconnected low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellites, enables global coverage and creation of cost-effective, highly mobile, small-form-factor antennas and terminals, the company said. This results in improved access, particularly when in rugged terrain such as mountainous regions.

With the addition of the latest six service providers, 12 companies have agreed to provide LMR-related industries with Iridium Certus service. Iridium plans to announce additional service providers in the coming weeks.

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On 3/14/18, William Jackson said:
There is something inherently wrong with the words Iridium and mission critical in the same sentence.

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