The Iridium Satellite System is a provider of mobile satellite voice and data communications with complete coverage of the Earth. Through a constellation of 66 low-earth orbiting satellites operated by Boeing, Iridium delivers essential communication services to and from remote areas where terrestrial communications are not available.
Iridium delivers reliable, secure, real-time voice and data services everywhere on the planet - without the limitations of terrestrial-based infrastructure.Iridium is the only provider of truly global satellite voice and data communications solutions with complete coverage of the entire Earth including oceans, airways and even Polar Regions. Iridium delivers reliable, secure, real-time, mission-critical communications services to and from areas where landlines and terrestrial-based wireless services are either unavailable or unreliable.
Global Voice and DATA
The company supplies both voice and data connections. Voice services are provided via dedicated handsets, or through a variety of installed communications systems Onboard ships, aircraft and land-based vehicles. Increasingly incorporated into hundreds of applications, Iridium's 9601 short burst data (SBD) transceiver provides packet data connections to every corner of the Earth, transferring location information, weather reports, email, or any other data requiring a reliable, global, two-way connection. Iridium's most rapidly expanding business segment is the machine-to-machine sector, in which the Iridium constellation provides mobile data links for asset tracking and other monitoring applications.
Iridium owns and operates the most reliable global communications network available. Our reach is unparalleled and our service is unrivaled. And, Iridium call quality is as much as three times greater than the competition's. Click the link below to read about how independent testing confirms Iridium's quality advantage. Highlights include:
- More than 99 percent of calls placed through Iridium handsets were successfully connected compared to 51.3 percent of all calls from a competitor's handset.
- 98.1 percent of calls on Iridium handsets were successfully connected and completed without being dropped during a three-minute period compared to 36.2 percent of calls on a competitor's handset.
One of the reasons Iridium works so well is that our system has more satellites than any other commercial constellation, and they are constantly in view of every part of the Earth. With no service gaps, Iridium users should be able to pick up and hold a strong communications signal, allowing them to place or receive calls just about anywhere as long as there is a direct line of sight to the sky.
Iridium is often used as a backup to cellular data modems - many businesses that need a very reliable connection automatically switch over to Iridium when their GSM data service fades or is unavailable. With terrestrial mobile systems only covering about 15 percent of the Earth's surface (and certainly not the sky, oceans or poles), Iridium is the only connection available to many parts of the world. Even in urban and suburban environments, Iridium data solutions are providing reliable backup.
If you need reliable, mobile communications in Africa, this product is ideal for you.
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