Iridium CertusSM Goes Live; World's First Truly Global Broadband Service

After over a year of launches Iridium have now completed the launches of their new fleet of 66 satellites (they actual launched 80 in all to allow for spare units) and are now able to offer their new Certus offerings which promises to be the world's first truly global broadband service. 

We will initially be stocking 2 products from the manufacturer Thales utilising the new service and expanded bandwidth:

 Thales MissionLINK for Land Applications  Thales VesselLINK for Marine Applications

  • IP data sessions up to 700kbps (down)/352kbps (up)
  • Streaming up to 256kbps (future)
  • 3 high quality voice lines
  • Location tracking
  • PTT ready
Get more details on the Thales MissionLink by clicking here
  • IP data sessions up to 700kbps (down) /352kbps (up)
  • Streaming up to 256kbps (future)
  • 3 high quality voice lines
  • Location tracking

Get more details on the Thales VesselLink by clicking here

The full Iridium statement follows:

MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: IRDM) announced today the commercial launch of its Iridium Certus broadband service, the first new capability activated from the company's $3 billion Iridium® NEXT satellite replacement program.  Iridium Certus is a unique platform designed for the development of specialty applications and is the world's only truly global broadband service, offering on-the-move internet and high-quality voice access.  The service enables mobile office functionality for deployed teams and two-way remote communication for assets, autonomous vehicles, trains, aircraft and ships at sea.  This also includes safety-of-life services, where Iridium Certus is uniquely suited for the critical communications needs of teams operating beyond the reach of cellular coverage, including first responders and search and rescue organizations.  This announcement marks the end of an extensive 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.

Iridium Certus enables a unique and high-value suite of mobility applications and true comms-on-the-move capabilities with the known robustness and reliability that come with being a cutting-edge L-band user network. This includes keeping lone workers, crews at sea or operational aircraft safely connected and maintaining consistent communication, regardless of location. Iridium Certus can also support applications that serve remotely deployed IoT devices or mobile platforms like UAVs for vital command and control links for the long haul delivery of critical supplies like vaccines and medicine.

"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 IoT "things" that are in the 80-plus percent of the world that lacks cellular coverage," said Iridium CEO Matt Desch. "Adoption of this new service by our partners has already begun, and it has been eagerly anticipated by every target industry. The launch of this service is a huge achievement, and it is already disrupting the status-quo through our smaller, faster, lighter and more cost-effective terminals and service."

Iridium has estimated the L-band specialty broadband market size to be approximately $700 million today. Prior to the launch of Iridium Certus, the company had an approximately $25 million market share value in high-speed maritime services and looks forward to that growing with this faster and more competitive service. Iridium has previously issued guidance that it believes revenues attributed to Iridium Certus will reach an approximately $100 million yearly run rate by year end 2021.

"Iridium Certus is delivering real-time connections everywhere our vessels go. As a result, shipboard communications, vessel performance systems and the crew themselves are never out of contact. We are now able to upgrade existing broadband terminals to Iridium Certus to ensure we are getting the highest throughput at the best cost on the newest global network," says  Holger Börchers of Briese Schiffahrts GmbH & Co. KG, Leer/Germany. "Iridium Certus is a game-changer for us."

Aside from operating on the only truly global satellite constellation, Iridium Certus terminals are smaller in form factor, will offer higher speeds and are more cost-effective than competitive L-band broadband offerings. Terminals are being built by Cobham (maritime), Thales (maritime, aviation and land-mobile), Collins Aerospace (aviation), L3 (aviation), Gogo (aviation) and Satcom Direct (aviation). And to date, 36 world-class service providers are authorized by Iridium to provide the service around the world.

"Rocky Mountaineer is a luxury tourist train that travels through some very remote parts of the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada. Iridium Certus has been everything we could have hoped for, in terms of keeping us in consistent communication, despite the challenging operating environment," said Chris Sepp, Senior Director, Information Technology at Rocky Mountaineer. "This is a major upgrade to our existing capabilities with positive effects for safety, tracking and efficiency of our system. We're excited to continue adding the service to our trains."

Iridium Certus addresses the needs of satellite communications users with a robust suite of solutions for maritime, land mobile, aviation, government and IoT applications.  Now that the service is available, mariners will, for the first time, have a more competitive range of choices when evaluating connectivity solutions for vessels of any size, supporting the digitalization of shipping and the autonomous vessel movement.  Land-mobile users will be able to connect vehicles and assets "on-the-move" anywhere on the planet, with customizable hardware and solutions that can switch from cellular to satellite connectivity as needed to help manage costs.  Upon terminal availability later in 2019, aviation users will gain access to Iridium Certus solutions that support a range of capabilities for aircraft, including business jet cabin connectivity for mobile office functions.  Future flight deck applications will help advance efforts toward adopting satcom as a primary means of aircraft communications.

For government users, Iridium Certus provides a secure solution that supports the mission-critical requirements of the warfighter, including truly mobile hardware that is resilient and rugged enough to withstand high-risk combat zones and inclement weather events.  For IoT applications, Iridium Certus will in the future deliver Internet Protocol (IP) data applications over smaller, portable and more cost-effective devices to vertical markets like industrial IoT, forestry, utilities, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), transportation and construction, to name a few.  In the coming year, Iridium plans to introduce an even more versatile transceiver that can scale down terminals to smaller, lighter and more portable uses on vehicles, drones, buoys, endangered animals and more. These transceivers will then become part of long-lasting battery-powered devices ideal for IoT applications in remote environments.

Iridium is debuting the service, which will feature a variety of speed classes, with the Iridium Certus 350 (352/352 Kbps) offering, which supports capabilities like internet and high-quality voice services to compact terminals built specifically for maritime, aviation and terrestrial/vehicle applications.  Terminals will be upgradable to the next speed class, Iridium Certus 700 (352/704 Kbps), with a firmware update once available. Initial activations of the service occurred in December of 2018 with excellent system performance.

Iridium Certus is powered by the low earth orbit Iridium satellite network, comprised of 66 crosslinked satellites that create a web of coverage around the entire planet.  Unlike other satellite systems, Iridium's crosslinked architecture enables real-time transit of data to and from any location on the globe without the need for abundant ground stations and allows it to maintain consistent, high quality coverage, including over the oceans and polar regions.

About Iridium Communications Inc.

Iridium is the only mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans the entire globe. Iridium enables connections between people, organizations and assets to and from anywhere, in real time. Together with its ecosystem of partner companies, Iridium delivers an innovative and rich portfolio of reliable solutions for markets that require truly global communications. The company recently completed the last scheduled launch of its next-generation satellite network – Iridium NEXT - and plans to complete the upgrade in the coming weeks. Iridium Communications Inc. is headquartered in McLean, Va., U.S.A., and its common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol IRDM.

Created On  17 Jan 2019 10:29 in General  -  Permalink

FREE Iridium to Iridium Airtime

FREE Iridium to Iridium AirtimeIf you have more than 1 Iridium device, or if you regularly communicate with other Iridium users you can now do so on an unlimited basis for $25 / month

Iridium have just introduced this service - to get unlimited Iridium to Iridium calls please contact us and we will add your Unlimited Iridium to Iridium calls to your contract for $25 / month - UNLIMITED CALLS to other Iridium handsets! 

The *Iridium-to-Iridium Unlimited Plan (ISU-to-ISU) includes:
  • Unlimited Flat Rate Calling between Iridium handsets
  • No Roaming Charges
  • Truly Global Coverage
  • Powerful Technology – The Iridium 9555 and Iridium Extreme® handsets offer simplicity, reliability, and industrial-grade ruggedness.
nb This is only available on the monthly post-paid plans, not on the pre-paid plans.

Created On  7 Nov 2018 12:48 in Iridium Satellite Phones  -  Permalink

Iridium Makes Maritime Industry History

Iridium Makes Maritime Industry HistoryThe Iridium® network has been approved to provide Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS) services, signaling an end to a decades-long satellite industry monopoly

The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) agreed to recognize that the Iridium network meets all the criteria of the IMO needed to provide mobile satellite services in the GMDSS, and to adopt the "Statement of Recognition” proposed by the United States as a Committee Resolution.  This is a significant achievement that ends a decades-long satellite industry monopoly in which only one company was authorized to provide satellite GMDSS service and for the first time will bring competition and truly global coverage, to mariners sailing any of the world’s oceans. 

"This is a historic moment for the maritime industry and an honor for Iridium to be the second ever recognized provider for GMDSS services,” said Bryan Hartin, executive vice president, Iridium. "This is the dawn of a new era for mariner safety. We’ll bring a new choice and upgraded capabilities for mariners along with our truly global coverage that will for the first time extend the reach of satellite-based GMDSS to even the most remote waterways.”

"This has been a long time coming, and we are ecstatic to gain this very important recognition from the IMO.  We are equally proud to ensure mariners will have access to this critical system from anywhere in the world that they sail,” said Matt Desch, chief executive officer, Iridium.  "Iridium has established itself as a trusted maritime safety provider for over a decade, and this recognition is a testament to both that trust and the capabilities offered by our satellite network.”

Created On  25 May 2018 15:30 in General  -  Permalink

Satellite Phones as Back Up Communication – Things to Consider

If your agency, EOC or Command Center relies on more than one phone line for communication, then there would be the need for more than one back up satellite phone to fulfill your communication demands in an emergency. During emergencies when satellite phones are most likely to be needed, communication demands increase. Logically, the larger the facility the more back up lines would be needed to meet the demand. It is important to make sure your back up plan is scaled accordingly. Here are a couple of things to consider.

Satellite Phone Back-Up Basics
Of course, you can buy several satellite phones, put them in a drawer and pull them out for emergencies.  The problem with any satellite phone is that it must be outdoors and able to reliably "see” the satellite to function. During emergencies, going outside to make or receive a phone call is usually not practical. The solution is to put the phone in a docking station connected to external antenna. The external antenna allows the phone to work indoors and the docking station keeps the phone powered up and charged, ready for service. 
With most docking stations you can plug in and use regular analog phones or standard cordless phones to make and receive calls. Those phones can be located anywhere in your facility, so your satellite phones/docks don’t have to be located where the calling takes place.  This configuration also allows you to have more than one wired or wireless phone attached to each dock, providing multiple extensions.  The docking station can also be plugged into your office PBX or phone switch allowing that satellite phone to show up as an extension on any phones, or phones, in your facility. This configuration would allow multiple people to have access to the satellite phone.  With any of these configurations, a phone/dock it is still just a single line, so when one person is using it, no other calls can come in or go out. 
Multiple Line Solutions
Adequately prepared facilities will have multiple satellite phones installed in the facility to meet anticipated volume. This mean multiple phones in docking stations or multiple Comm Center units like the ASE MC08 or MC05 which replace the phone/dock combination. Each unit installed will have to have its own antenna and cable. While this adds a level of complexity to the installation, it also adds a level of redundancy.  As an alternative, the Iridium Pilot is a single unit consisting of one antenna and modem, but provides 3 separate satellite phone line and a data connection.
Managing Multiple Lines:
Each satellite phone line in your back up contingency will have its own unique phone number, but for simplicity you may only want to give out one emergency contact number.  A little know feature of the satellite phone system is the ability to "roll the phone” from one line to another. With the proper set up, you can give out one emergency contact number for your facility. When someone calls that number, if that line is busy, the call would automatically roll to the next available line, allowing the call to be completed.  The 2nd, 3rd and 4th etc. line in the group would still be available for direct dial using their assigned phone number.  

For more details please contact us with brief details of your requirements.

Created On  5 Feb 2018 12:07 in GeneralIridium Satellite Phones  -  Permalink

Iridium Go Firmware Update

Iridium Go Firmware Update
A new firmware release, version 1.5.2, is now available for the Iridium GO!®. This release includes the following user experience enhancements:
  • Improved internet connection speeds.
  • Addition of time to periodic tracking messages.
  • Various other minor improvements.
While this release is not mandatory, it is strongly recommended that the upgrade be performed as soon as possible to enable the best end user experience.
The 1.5.2 firmware and the accompanying release notes and firmware upgrade instructions may be found at

Units dispatched from G-Comm after the 24th September will have this update automatically included. 

If you would like G-Comm to perform your update for you we can do so for a modest charge. You will need to return your device to us. Cost would be £30.00 + VAT including return postage. Please get in touch if you would like to take advantage of this offer. 

Created On  25 Sep 2017 10:44 in Iridium Go!  -  Permalink

9575 Extreme Firmware Recall

Firmware release HL17001 for the Iridium Extreme® is being pulled back from use. Any handsets that have been updated to HL17001 should have Firmware Release HL15002 loaded in its place. When HL17001 is loaded onto an Iridium Extreme with hardware build AB02 (at the end of the Part Number on the IMEI label), the device ceases to work properly, never finding the network.

You can download Firmware Release HL15002 by clicking here

The Firmware upgrades for the Iridium 9555 and Iridium 9575 PTT units are not effected. 
Created On  25 Aug 2017 9:49 in Iridium Satellite Phones  -  Permalink