Iridium rolls out new satellite communication system

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Iridium is launching a worldwide commercial rollout of its new-generation global marine satellite communication system, Iridium OpenPort, following the successful completion of sea trials.

"The feedback from beta test platforms has been overwhelmingly positive, and we have a strong backlog of orders from ship owners who recognize the unique value proposition of Iridium OpenPort," said Don Thoma, Iridium's executive vice president of marketing, in a statement.

"In the current economic climate, ship owners are looking for ways to trim operating costs for ships at sea, and Iridium OpenPort offers a very cost-effective alternative to other broadband satellite systems in terms of hardware, installation and monthly usage costs," Thoma added.

Iridium has signed 15 service partners to distribute the Iridium OpenPort products and service packages worldwide. In many cases, these companies are integrating Iridium OpenPort into their own hardware and software packages to provide a range of voice and IP-based data solutions for customer requirements.

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