Thursday, January 12, 2006

MSV buys Satellites

Via Phonescoop, a press release: Boeing Co. (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research) on Wednesday announced its biggest satellite order in nine years, valued at more than $500 million and less than $1 billion, to build the backbone of a new hybrid satellite-cellular communications network.

From MSV's site:

"The network will be based on MSV’s patented Ancillary Terrestrial Component (ATC) technology, which combines the best of satellite and cellular technology. It will deliver reliable, advanced and ubiquitous voice and data coverage throughout North and South America.

“MSV is creating a critical communications asset representing a huge step forward for mobile satellite services,” said Howard Chambers, Vice President of Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems.

With ATC, the satellites work in tandem with terrestrial based stations that provide coverage and capacity in urban areas where satellite signals are frequently blocked. The contract with Boeing also provides for the delivery of the related ground based beam forming system and other ground design elements, to provide the most advanced beam forming flexibility and interference cancellation unprecedented in commercial satellite systems. These technological advances will allow MSV optimal deployment of its ATC technology and spectrum utilization."

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