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First Iridium NEXT transceiver prototypes delivered

Iridium Certus broadband is scheduled for commercial availability in late 2016 Iridium Certus broadband is scheduled for commercial availability in late 2016

Iridium has announced another step forward in the development of its next-generation Iridium Certus broadband service with the delivery of the first Broadband Core Transceiver (BCX) prototypes for interoperability testing on the Iridium NEXT satellite network infrastructure.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Designed by Cambridge Consultants, the prototypes will be used by Iridium's manufacturing partners to design, build and distribute products compatible with the new broadband capabilities of the Iridium NEXT network, scheduled to begin launching in late 2015 with commercial service expected in late 2016.

Iridium says that the BCX module represents a significant advancement on its current-generation broadband products, measuring  just 75 per cent of the size of first-generation Iridium broadband equipment, while being expected to initially support triple the data speeds of the current service and eventually reaching as high as 1.4 Mbps.

The BCX will be made available to the Iridium Certus broadband manufacturing partners that Iridium announced earlier this year, a list including Cobham SATCOM, Thales, Rockwell Collins, L-3, and ICG.

“This is another exciting step forward for us that reinforces our strategy to drive innovation by designing core technology and putting it into the hands of industry-leading partners to build and distribute end solutions,” said Brian Pemberton, vice president and general manager, Iridium aviation and maritime business.

“As initial development continues, we'll be working diligently to support our partners in a collaborative environment and create a number of truly cutting-edge mobile satellite broadband solutions that meet the needs of our many diverse markets.”

Iridium will make the BCX prototypes available to manufacturers as part of the Iridium Certus Integrator Development Kit and says it will assist product development efforts with technical support and testing services. BCX production deliveries are planned for the first half of 2016.{/mprestriction}

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