DOD bandwidth provider bolstered

Iridium gets more spectrum from FCC

The Federal Communications Commission has allocated additional spectrum to a major provider of mobile satellite communications bandwidth to the military and first responders, Iridium Satellite said.

Under the Nov. 9 FCC decision, Iridium will gain exclusive access to 2.625 MHz of previously shared spectrum for global mobile satellite services. In addition, the commission allocated Iridium 0.95 MHz of shared spectrum, the company said in a statement.

The commission's decision will support Iridium's rapid growth in providing MSS to military units worldwide, in addition to first responders, emergency workers and homeland security forces, such as the Coast Guard, the company said.

The MSS provider's subscriber base has increased by 33 percent to 225,000 during the past 12 months, Iridium said.

'The global nature of this decision is critical,' said Matt Desch, chairman and CEO of Iridium. 'Iridium expects that demand will continue to rise for our mobile voice and data solutions around the world, particularly as our troops rely heavily on Iridium, no matter where they're deployed.'

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