Iridium Communications increased its number of billable subscribers by 75,000 over the course of 2014, up 11 per cent, and increased revenue by approximately $26 million compared with 2013, according to the company’s latest financial results.
The International Mobile Satellite Organisation (IMSO) has begun the formal evaluation process of Iridium as a Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) provider.
Iridium has named the four manufacturers that it will partner with on Certus, the L-band satellite broadband service that will be delivered by its Iridium NEXT constellation, scheduled to begin launching in 2015.
Rock Seven has announced an update to its RockFLEET vessel tracking system that includes the option of changing the regularity of location updates depending on the vessel’s movement.
Iridium has reported that it has successfully completed the first phase of testing of its NEXT platform software.
Iridium partner Rock Seven has announced the addition of a GSM module to its RockFLEET global tracking system, allowing vessels to use terrestrial-based mobile networks when in range.
Greek satcom provider Otesat-Maritel, part of the OTE Group, has announced that its MailOnBoard email solution is now available for mobile devices with Android software 2.2 and up.
The IMO’s Marine Safety Committee (MSC) met in London last week for its 94th session, with several IT issues on the agenda, including Iridium’s proposed move to become a GMDSS satellite provider.
Iridium’s financial results for the third quarter of 2014 have been announced, with the company raising its financial outlook for the year and reporting a jump in revenue from the maritime sector.
Iridium Communications today announced the completion of the first five flight Main Mission Antennas (MMAs) for the Iridium NEXT constellation,designed by Thales Alenia Space, which will manage the reception and transmission of data to and from various Iridium customer devices on its next generation network.
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