Ericsson to Provide Technology for Iridium Satellite Network; Doug Smith Comments

Iridium Communications Inc. has announced it has contracted with Ericsson Federal Inc. (EFI) to implement a new Ericsson Mobile Softswitch Solution (MSS) to provide Iridium’s next-generation switching technology.

The work will include custom design, development, integration and maintenance for the Iridium satellite communications system.

Iridium has moved all commercial traffic to the new Ericsson MSS switching technology. The next-generation Ericsson MSS platform will support current and future satellite communications services, as well as boost the capacity of the current Iridium network.

“Ericsson MSS offerings are designed to power the next generation all-IP converged networks that will support all types of traffic and emerging services, ” said Doug Smith, president and CEO, Ericsson Federal. “By providing the lowest power consumption on the market along with the smallest footprint, Ericsson MSS will deliver Iridium a low-cost and environmentally-friendly operation to power today’s and tomorrow’s networks. This relationship demonstrates Iridium’s commitment to investing in the development of its next-generation satellite constellation.”

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