Posted on: 05 August 2015 by Mark Howells
Iridium Certus broadband services are one step closer following the delivery of the first Broadband Core Transceiver (BCX) prototypes for interoperability testing on the Iridium NEXT satellite network infrastructure.
Scheduled to begin launching in late 2015 with commercial service expected in late 2016, Iridium NEXT – Iridium’s second-generation global satellite constellation – will maintain the existing Iridium constellation architecture of 66 cross-linked Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites covering 100% of the globe.
Designed by product development firm Cambridge Consultants, the BCX module offers a streamlined form factor, at approximately 75% of the first-generation Iridium broadband equipment size, while initially supporting triple the data speeds of the current service.
"This is another exciting step forward for us that reinforces our strategy to drive innovation by designing core technology and putting it into the hands of industry-leading partners to build and distribute end solutions," said Brian Pemberton, vice president and general manager, Iridium aviation and maritime business. "As initial development continues, we'll be working diligently to support our partners in a collaborative environment and create a number of truly cutting-edge mobile satellite broadband solutions that meet the needs of our many diverse markets."
With expected speeds as high as 1.4 megabits per second for a single user terminal after Iridium NEXT deployment is completed, the BCX will initially support data speeds that are comparable to current industry mobile broadband products.