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Archive: August 2011 (X)

  • Iridium's Call to Consumers

    Aug 10th, 2011 by Claude Rousseau   More from this Analyst | Profile

    In NSR’s Mobile Satellite Services 7th Edition report, it was assumed that growth in the satellite handheld market would be fueled in the short-term by a new and ‘expanded’ version of Iridium’s handset “...with more capabilities (low-data rate, personal locator beacon).”

    According to Iridium CEO Matthew Desch during the company’s Q211 earnings call, the handset may arrive in the coming quarter, with “...a broader mission to drive service revenues in ways we never have in the past...”…

  • VSAT Services Make More Waves

    Aug 1st, 2011 by Claude Rousseau   More from this Analyst | Profile

    Back in 2007, NSR viewed the longer term outlook in the maritime segment likely to “benefit products in Ku- and C-band ultimately and provide stronger competition to L-band services...”, recognizing that VSAT flat monthly fees with Mbps data rates provided a more predictable return-on-investment than the traditional MSS pay-per-byte model.  Then Inmarsat on July 1, 2011 announced new rates that seem to go counter to this view and could drive a growing base of the smaller boat community…