This includes options which, if exercised, would increase the value of this contract to $252 million and extend the contract a further 5 years.
The Department made this decision as the Iridium system offers
state-of-the-art technology. It features on-satellite signal processing and inter-satellite crosslinks allowing satellite-mode service to any open area on earth. Giving mobile, cryptographically secure telephone services to small handsets anywhere on earth, pole-to-pole, 24 hours a day this is the only system that can provide what the government needs. Iridium and its DoD enhancements gives portable service not otherwise available.
The US Navy has a requirement of more than twice the size of the current
capability. The Department of Defense needs the Iridium system which offers small unit operations in areas without satellite constellation coverage or at times when various assets are being used in other contingencies. Use in polar zones, combat search and rescue activities, and communications for Special Forces operations, and will also be greatly improved in communication capabilities with the Iridium system. “Iridium will not only add to our existing capability, it will provide a commercial alternative to our purely military systems.
This may enable real civil/military dual use, keep us closer to the leading edge technologically, and provide a real alternative for the future,” said Dave Oliver, principal deputy undersecretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics). Iridium customers take their phones to the ends of the Earth. When things go wrong, they’re right there with you. Support is through their global network of service partners, and is always available. They will work with you to identify problems and solutions for any Iridium product. FACTS about IRIDIUM: Iridium provides voice, SMS, and data service worldwide, including the polar caps, but for a few countries with the Iridium blocking service, e.g. North Korea. Iridium operates 67 satellites in low earth orbit (LEO).
hese cover the globe in a variety of polar orbits. Iridium phones use the L-band frequencies so you must be in direct line of sight with an Iridium satellite in order make a call. The best situation would be to be on flat ground with nothing blocking you more than 15 degrees of elevation above the horizon. Mountains, trees, buildings or other objects may block some or all of the satellites causing moments of spotty service. A call to a public switched telephone number (PSTN) is routed from satellite to satellite until it finds the Iridium gateway in Arizona. It is then routed to the PSTN number. If the satellite moves behind an blocking structure such as a tree or building the call could be passed to a different satellite. Due to blocking situations that can arise dropped calls can happen and you must be aware of this with an Iridium satellite phone. As Iridium satellites are always moving another satellite should be along soon to continue your service. When your phone’s signal strength indicator has at least 3 bars of signal strength you may dial again. Iridium satellite phones can still make calls in most weather conditions, though electromagnetic interference from powerful transmitters in the vicinity may cause slight errors.
If you need truly worldwide communication Iridium is the best choice. IRIDIUM DATA SERVICES: Iridium has a 2400 bps data rate, which equals about 1 MegaByte (MB) an hour. Therefore Iridium can offer data applications such as text-based messages. If you have mission-critical communications needs, you need 100% reliability. Lives may be at stake. Here’s why Iridium’s proven satellite phone service is the best. Independent testing shows that Iridium’s first-time connection rate is better than 99%. Iridium can therefore offer the industry’s only Network Quality Guarantee and promises 100% satisfaction with your Iridium satellite phone service. Iridium has an unmatched record for reliability, year after year, with a verifiable first-time connection rate of better than 99 percent. A White Paper from Frost & Sullivan, published in 2007, reported that “…calls through the Iridium system are nearly three times more likely to be successfully connected and completed, without being dropped, than calls placed through the Globalstar network.”
here is no substitute for Iridium when you must have reliability. In a famous case of salesmanship Chris Franklin once promoted the benefits of the Iridium Satellite Phone and said (paraphrased below) I got up in front of this class full of people from all over the country during the big bull market of the 1990’s and pitched not “Greed,” but “Fear.”
As part of my Iridium presentation, I said, “if you live in the south or you live on the west coast and you are ever faced with Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Earthquakes which destroy your regions’ communications infrastructure, you can still do business using your Iridium Satellite Telephone… so, Iridium stock will do great!” Well, in 1999, my pitch for Iridium ended up landing me 3rd place in a class of 250. Which was rather a good thing. The 1st place speaker sold Budweiser stock; 2nd place went to an IBM seller. So, maybe satellite-telephone provider, Iridium, was a little too exotic for business in the peaceful, go-go 1990’s. Since “Katrina,” the stocks and sales levels Iridium has taken off. So, I hope somebody is up in NYC pitching Iridium today; that somebody would likely win a “Stock Presentation” contest this go around!”