Oil patch bits: GComm announces completion of satellite constellation
GComm, a Tier Once Iridium service provider, recently announced that on Jan. 11 Iridium Communication successfully launched the last 10 of 75 satellites that make up new Iridium Next constellation. Iridium Next is now arguably the world’s highest performance and most sophisticated L-band constellation, representing today’s state of the art in terms of technology, reliability, resilience and coverage. Iridium is the only mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans the entire globe, enabling connections between people, organizations and assets to and from anywhere in real time. Comprised of six polar orbiting planes, each containing 11 crosslinked satellites totaling 66 active satellites in the operational constellation, with the remaining nine serving as in orbit spares for additional reliability. The satellite constellation is unlike any other in orbit and is the only communications network with pole-to-pole coverage of the entire planet.
The Iridium Next constellation ushers in a new era of satellite communication with the added introduction of Iridium Certus, the world’s fastest and only truly global specialty L-band broadband connectivity, enabling highly mobile internet access using smaller and more cost-effective terminals. In addition to the new service, Iridium has improved its overall performance and connectivity for its customers by replacing its existing satellites with more capable ones. Iridium Next offers a higher capacity, faster call connections, improved voice quality and innovative call plans.
GComm is now rolling out the new Iridium Certus services and hardware beginning in early January. For more information call 713-281-6141 or visit www.g-comm.us.