Iridium announces first land-mobile service providers for Iridium Certus

Wednesday 7 February 2018 | 17:32 CET | News

Iridium Communications announced the first Iridium Certus service providers for land-mobile applications, planned for commercial availability in mid-2018. The initial providers are Applied Satellite Technology (AST); Arion Communication; Kaigai Communication; MVS USA; Network Innovations US, as well as Spacenet. Additional land-mobile service providers are planned to be announced in the coming months. The company said this initial group of six land-mobile service providers play a crucial role in bringing Iridium Certus to market. Iridium Certus will deliver global broadband connectivity and high-quality voice service to the land-mobile industry.

Enabled by the Iridium Next satellite constellation, Iridium Certus will extend the reach of terrestrial and mobile infrastructure with mobile communications capacities, making it ideal for supporting critical connectivity needs regardless of location, terrain and weather events.

The service will feature a range of data speed options and will integrate with the Thales MissionLink terminal, providing a reliable connection for voice, satellite internet, cellular data, Land Mobile Radio (LMR) and location-based applications. The company said Iridium Certus will allow customers to control costs by eliminating the need to deploy expensive ground-based infrastructure or large, expensive directional terminals that rely upon geostationary satellites.

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