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Iridium Launches Iridium Certus for Commercial Customers

By | January 16, 2019
An Iridium Next satellite. Photo: Iridium

An Iridium Next satellite. Photo: Iridium

Iridium launched its Iridium Certus broadband service for commercial customers, the first new capability activated from the company’s $3 billion Iridium Next satellite replacement program. Iridium Certus is a platform designed for the development of specialty global broadband service applications, offering on-the-move internet and voice access.

Iridium has finished its global testing phase, including beta trials with live customers; the initial service is targeted at maritime and terrestrial applications, with Iridium Certus aviation solutions expected later in 2019, once certified.

“The debut of Iridium Certus is the start of a new chapter in the Iridium story, one that is set to catapult us and our partners forward. At its core, Iridium Certus is an innovation engine for the future. It will enable us to provide broadband connections to teams, vehicles and the important Internet of Things (IOT) ‘things’ that are in the 80-plus percent of the world that lacks cellular coverage,” said Iridium Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Matt Desch.