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Iridium Tests Next-Gen Handsets

By | August 27, 2004

      Bethesda, Md.-based Iridium Satellite LLC, a global, mobile satellite communications service provider, is in the process of developing a next-generation handset that could offer improved service.

      Iridium, currently averaging subscriber gains of between 2,000 and 3,000 per month, would keep the handsets the same size as the second-generation units now in use but the company will upgrade a number of the components, said Carmen Lloyd, chairman and CEO. Lloyd, in an exclusive interview with sister publication Satellite News, explained that the new components would improve the line-of-sight issues between the handsets and the orbiting satellites.

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