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Iridium NEXT Upgrade Boosts Global Satellite Internet and Phone Service

Posted: 03rd Jun, 2010 By: MarkJ
Iridium NEXT satellite dishSatellite operator Iridium has just announced a comprehensive plan for funding, building and deploying its next generation Satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT. The service, which among other things will offer faster internet data speeds, has been in development since 2007 and the first launch is anticipated for 2015.

Iridium's fixed price contract with Thales Alenia Space provides for the construction of the originally planned 72 operational satellites and in-orbit spares, plus an additional 9 ground spares (81 total), which provide greater risk mitigation for satellites that fail.


Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium, said:

"Today marks a great milestone in Iridium's history. We operate the world's only communications system that truly works everywhere in the world, with more than 359,000 subscribers."

Little is known about what kind of new packages Iridium might offer, although it is not focused on providing broadband Satellite services to residential users. However it will be interesting to see whether their internet data products improve with the upgraded network.
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