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Recent Iridium News – Headlines

·        Iridium Announces Release Date for Fourth-Quarter 2010 Financial Results, Iridium Communications Inc., 2.16.11

Recent Iridium Partner News – Headlines

·        CETel to acquire SeaMobile Europe, Central Europe Telecom Services (CETel), 2.07.11

·        Marlink Expands Contract with DOF ASA, Marlink, 2.10.11

·        ICG’s NxtLink ICS-400 Communications System Receives Iridium Certification, International Communications Group, 2.10.11

Recent Iridium News – Full Text

Iridium Announces Release Date for Fourth-Quarter 2010 Financial Results

Iridium Communications Inc.


MCLEAN, Va., Feb. 16, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq:IRDM) (“Iridium”) will host a conference call on Monday, March 7, 2011 at 5:00 pm Eastern Time (ET) to discuss the Company’s fourth-quarter 2010 financial results. Iridium will issue its fourth-quarter 2010 earnings press release in advance of the call on March 7, 2011, which will be available at http://www.iridium.com. To participate in the teleconference, callers can dial the toll free number 1-877-334-1964 (U.S. callers only) or 1-631-291-4574 (from outside the U.S.). To help ensure the conference call begins in a timely manner, please dial in five minutes prior to the scheduled start time. The conference call will also be simultaneously webcast at http://www.iridium.com.

For those unable to participate in the live call, a replay of the call will be available toll free until March 14, 2011 at 1-800-642-1687 (U.S. callers only) or at 1-706-645-9291 (callers outside the U.S.). The passcode for the replay is: 45165733. An archived replay of the webcast will also be available at http://www.iridium.com.

About Iridium Communications Inc.

Iridium Communications Inc. (www.iridium.com) is the only mobile satellite service (MSS) company offering coverage over the entire globe. The Iridium constellation of low-Earth orbiting (LEO) cross-linked satellites provides critical voice and data services for areas not served by terrestrial communication networks. Iridium serves commercial markets through a worldwide network of distributors, and provides services to the U.S. Department of Defense and other U.S. and international government agencies. The Company’s customers represent a broad spectrum of industry, including maritime, aeronautical, government/defense, public safety, utilities, oil/gas, mining, forestry, heavy equipment and transportation. Iridium has launched a major development program for its next-generation satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT. The Company is headquartered in McLean, Va., U.S.A. and trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbols IRDM (common stock), IRDMW ($7.00 warrants), IRDMZ ($11.50 warrants) and IRDMU (units).


Investor Contact:

Steve Kunszabo

Iridium Communications Inc.

+1 (703) 287-7570


Press Contact:

Marie Knowles

Iridium Communications Inc.

+1 (703) 287-7476


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Recent Iridium Partner News – Full Text

CETel to acquire SeaMobile Europe

Central Europe Telecom Services (CETel)


Bonn (Germany), Seattle (USA), Paris (France), February 2011- [Bonn, 07-02-2011] CETel (Central European Telecom Services), the German Teleport & Satellite Service Provider, has entered into an agreement to acquire SeaMobile Europe. Closing of the transaction is expected to occur in March 2011.

SeaMobile Europe, a company of the SeaMobile Inc. family, is well-known for its broad product portfolio of satellite services comprising of Geolink, VSAT, Iridium and Inmarsat satellite services for governmental, corporate and maritime businesses. The company has an excellent reputation in the African region, especially in the French speaking markets. Within these regions, SeaMobile is a key supplier of satellite-based communications services for NGOs, government institutions, oil and gas, and mining companies. With this imminent acquisition, CETel will expand its service portfolio and customer base to consolidate its market position in Africa and the Middle East as well as in the mobile and maritime business.

The acquisition will allow CETel to combine the expertise of both companies and to provide customers with strong system integration capabilities and best-in-class end-to-end solutions. Furthermore, it will further strengthen their position in the Middle East and African markets. The migration of all involved services and personnel is expected to be finished by the end of the second quarter this year.

“We are very happy about this acquisition and broader cooperation as this strengthens our portfolio, particularly for integrated end-to-end solutions. At the same time, we are extending our core business with additional important services and state-of-the-art technologies“, states Martin Terlunen, Managing Director and co-founder of CETel.

The acquisition will represent an expansion of the expertise of two key service providers well established in the European, Middle East and African regions, in an effort to develop and further provide competitive, reliable and quality turnkey satellite solutions.

CETel’s portfolio will be enlarged by the following services:

• Network Design & VSAT Operation in the oil, gas & mining industry

• Maritime Satellite Services

• Mobile application services with Inmarsat & Iridium

• Advanced TDMA Solutions

“With CETel, we found the right partner with existing Teleport infrastructure in Europe to take over our European Operations, which will allow SeaMobile Europe to expand and to improve their services with a great benefit for their existing and future customers worldwide,” said Bradford C. Briggs, Senior Vice President and General Manager of MTN’s Commercial Shipping & Energy Services business, and President of SeaMobile Europe. “At the same time, SeaMobile Inc. and MTN can further concentrate on their core markets and services within the global maritime communications area.”

“This agreement will mark the continuation of collaboration between two leading independent players in the satellite industry,” says Guido Neumann, Managing Director and co-founder of CETel. “With the combined expertise of our two organizations, we expect to deliver significant advances to our customers and the global communications marketplace. In addition, the forthcoming acquisition of SeaMobile Europe and migration of its services with about 1.000 contracted customers into more than 50 countries in Africa, Europe and the Middle East will allow CETel to strengthen its position as a global player in the satellite communications market.

About CETel

CETel (Central European Telecom Services) is one of the leading providers of global communication solutions via satellite. CETel offers services from their European headquarters with their own teleport facilities in Germany, and their affiliated company in the U.A.E. The company provides VSAT services to connect worldwide enterprises and governmental organizations. Furthermore, CETel offers cellular backhaul services, hub hosting, and customized, and satellite-based communication solutions. CETel cooperates with several satellite operators, telephone network carriers, leading TIER-1 IP backbone providers and field services providers worldwide. Therefore, CETel is able to offer end-to-end, broadband communication solutions as a complete package.

About SeaMobile Europe

SeaMobile was founded in 2005 to provide cellular service at sea. In early 2007, SeaMobile acquired Geolink, a pioneer in delivering innovative communication services to remote locations predominately in Europe and Africa. The Geolink group was founded in 1991 and comprised of several European operations that are now part of SeaMobile Europe with offices in Paris.

For further information please contact:

Meike Gottschlich

Director Marketing & Sales

Tel: +49 2295 90878 31

Email: gottschlich@ce-tel.com

Link: http://www.ce-tel.com/news_2011_02_07.html

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Marlink Expands Contract with DOF ASA



Marlink secures new agreement with offshore and subsea vessel operator

Marlink, the global provider of maritime satellite communications, has secured a new three year contract with DOF ASA, a Norwegian based operator of offshore and subsea vessels. As part of the new contract Marlink will supply its cutting-edge Sealink™ VSAT services to an additional 20 vessels, increasing the total number of DOF ASA vessels sailing with Marlink VSAT services to 52.

“Operating within the offshore and subsea sectors, DOF heavily relies upon high-speed connectivity for an extensive range of applications including efficient transfer of data ashore, increased communication between crew, vessels and shore-based employees and crew welfare. Marlink’s VSAT systems have proven to provide high quality bandwidth and reliable connectivity as well as flexible services, which can be customised to meet specific requirements. I am confident that our renewed relationship with Marlink’s very experienced engineering team will enable us to significantly expand our satellite communications capabilities moving forward,” comments Tor Skeie, General Manager, Marin IT in DOF ASA.

Marlink’s new contract with DOF ASA will include the delivery and installation of the innovative Sealink™ C-band and Ku-band VSAT system to provide dedicated bandwidth onboard 29 of its vessels. Marlink’s shared bandwidth Ku-band VSAT system will be installed onboard 23 of its vessels. The satellite communications package which has been developed by Marlink for DOF ASA, includes both dedicated and shared bandwidth services to meet specific requirements of individual vessels. In addition to the initial installations, Marlink anticipates that the scope of its supply will expand further to include several new builds planned for 2011.

Tore Morten Olsen, CEO, Marlink, adds: “Owning teleports globally, we consistently demonstrate unmatched flexibility and control of our satellite communications services. This offers significant benefits to companies operating within the offshore and subsea sectors such as DOF ASA, as we are able to provide high quality bandwidth and services that can be tailored to meet exact customer specifications. The new agreement with DOF ASA is testament to our strong understanding of the company’s requirements for connectivity, as well as our position at the forefront of the maritime satellite communications industry.”

Marlink’s comprehensive portfolio ranges from its own VSAT solutions Sealink™, WaveCall™ and @SEAdirect™, to MSS on-demand services including Inmarsat FleetBroadband and Iridium OpenPort. The company has established regional customer service facilities in major regions of the world, supporting its global customer base. For further information, please visit www.marlink.com.

Founded in 1981, DOF ASA is an International group of companies which owns and operates a modern fleet of offshore and subsea vessels as well as engineering capacity to service the global subsea market. The DOF group operates within three different segments in relation to strategic types of activities and vessel types. The company’s fleet consists of innovative vessels specialized for their operational purpose including platform supply vessels (PSV), anchor handling tug supply vessels (AHTS) and construction support vessel/subsea ROV vessels (CSV). For further information please visit www.dof.no.

Link: http://www.marlink.com/fullstory.aspx?m=20&amid=6344

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ICG’s NxtLink ICS-400 Communications System Receives Iridium Certification

International Communications Group


Newport News, Va. – (February 10, 2011) – International Communications Group’s (ICG’s) NxtLink ICS-400, has successfully completed the “Iridium Compatible Equipment Certification” (ICE)  testing, conducted by Iridium Communications Inc., and is approved for  operation on the Iridium constellation and network. The ICS-400, which combines four Iridium channels with an internal cabin telecommunications unit (CTU), offers global voice service coupled with telephone services similar to those found in contemporary office PABX systems.  The NxtLink ICS-400 can be integrated with conventional telephony devices, other satcom systems or legacy CTU systems through standard 2-Wire “Tip and Ring” circuits, 4-Wire audio connections or CEPT-E1 digital circuits. Standard CTU features include intercom calling, call transfer, conferencing, follow-on dialing and voice prompts. Designed into a 4 MCU Line Replaceable Unit (LRU), the ICS-400 can be installed on any size  aircraft as the sole communications facility or as an additional/restorative communications system.

“Completion of this qualification demonstrates that we have met the stringent requirements outlined by Iridium and that the ICS-400 multi-channel system can provide reliable, global coverage for voice and data applications.  We believe that by achieving this qualification for ICS-400, we are delivering a superior product. It is clear that customers prefer a product that is compliant with current and future standards when they make their purchasing choices,” said Darren Emery, ICG’s Director of Customer Support.

“ICG is pleased that the ICS-400 platform has been selected as the satellite communications system for the Embraer Lineage 1000 aircraft,” said Armin Jabs, ICG COO.  “It confirms our belief that the multi-channel ICS-400 offers the least expensive satcom solution for an operator requiring global voice, fax and data communications services for their aircraft.”

The system architecture permits installation on any size airframe or aircraft model, providing flexible connectivity options and solutions for all communications requirements. The NxtLink ICS-400 also provides ARINC 429 connections and a dedicated Short Burst Data (SBD) transceiver to support ACARS messaging. The device is simple to operate offering standard dialing conventions and PABX operations with familiar call progress tones. It is the ideal solution for aircraft requiring up to 10 telephony connections and seamless global communications services without the inconveniences of hand-offs or no-service areas.

For further information, contact ICG via telephone at 757-947-1030 or visit the company’s website at www.icg.aero.

Link: http://www.icg.aero/NewsEvents.aspx

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