Iridium launches commercial services in Iraq

Satellite network operator Iridium is set to follow its rivals by setting up commercial communications services in Iraq.

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By  Richard Agnew Published  July 22, 2003

Satellite network operator Iridium is set to follow rivals by setting up commercial communications services in Iraq.

The operator said it has been granted authorisation by the Coalition Provisional Authority, the current governing body in Iraq, and the country’s Ministry of Transportation and Communications, to provide terminals, communications services and related equipment.

The operator has already been providing satellite communications to the US military in Iraq. But rivals such as Thuraya, Inmarsat and Globalstar have been offering commercial services in the country since April.

“While Iridium has experienced great success with its Department of Defense usage within the region, we are extremely pleased to have received this authorisation and to be able to provide the much-needed communications services that Iridium has to offer to the commercial sector," said Gino Picasso, president and CEO of Iridium.

“Because Iridium can operate independently of any existing communications infrastructure, it is the perfect solution to provide immediate communications and data services without costly and time-consuming implementation,” he added.

Iridium said its full range of products and services would be made available through its existing network of official global service providers.

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