Tag Archives: Matt Desch

Lockheed, Thales Subsidiary Helping Iridium Develop 'Switchboard in the Sky' Satellite; Bob Kramer Comments

Lockheed Martin is developing application software for an Iridium satellite constellation scheduled to launch in 2015, Lockheed announced Monday. Iridium’s NEXT constellation, which Lockheed calls a “switchboard in the sky,” will consist of 66 cross-linked low-Earth orbiting satellites providing mobile communications services worldwide. Iridium President and CEO Matt Desch spoke …

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Iridium Forms Air Traffic Satellite JV; Matt Desch Comments

Iridium Communications is helping form a joint venture to provide a satellite service to air traffic management agencies for tracking planes worldwide, the company announced Monday. Aireon, formed by Iridium and NAV Canada, will also receive support from the Federal Aviation Administration and industry partners Harris Corp. and ITT Exelis …

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Iridium Expanding Tech Business To Russia; Matt Desch Comments

Iridium Communications Inc.’s Russian division has received government approval to operate commercially in that country, the company announced Monday. Service will go live by the second quarter of 2012 after the company completes technical licensing requirements. CEO Matt Desch said the company expects to attract at least 40 percent of …

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Iridium Reaches 500,000 Billable Subscribers Worldwide

Iridium Communications Inc. today announced it has reached 500,000 total billable subscribers for its satellite voice and data services worldwide, a number comprised of approximately 90 percent commercial customers and 10 percent U.S. Government customers. Iridium CEO Matt Desch partly attributes the dramatic subscriber growth to the emerging machine-to-machine, or …

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FAA Approves Iridium Air-Traffic Service; CEO Matt Desch Comments

Iridium Communications announced yesterday the Federal Aviation Administration has approved the use of the company’s satellite data service for planes flying overseas. Iridium offers global coverage, and the decision will present the aviation industry with an alternative for long-range voice and data communication systems. According to Iridium, the decision marks …

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Obama to Appoint Jaime Dos Santos to Telecom Committee

President Barack Obama has announced his intent to appoint Jaime Dos Santos, current president and chief executive officer of Terremark Federal Group, to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. Joining Dos Santos in the committee are Scott Charney of Microsoft, Dick Costolo of Twitter, David G. DeWalt of McAfee, Lisa …

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Iridium, Satellite Telecoms See Gains in Broadband Efforts

With smartphones and high-speed Internet making inroads across the nation’s networks and President Barack Obama making a high-profile promise in his State of the Union address to bolster broadband networks, The Washington Post reports that satellite telecommunications firms could stand to gain the most. That’s because so-called “terrestrial” broadband lines …

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Iridium CEO Matt Desch on Launching NEXT satellite

Iridium Communication’s (Nasdaq: IRDM) deal with Thales Alenia Space, a leading European aerospace firm, for 81 communication satellites for use in the Iridium NEXT low-orbit constellation has taken flight. The launch of the first satellites is scheduled for the first quarter of 2015. “We are extremely pleased to have closed …

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Tuesday Tip Jar

This week, CEO and President of Iridium Matt Desch shared with ExecutiveBiz how to deal with federal government clients with speed and accuracy: “We are launching our network in early 2015, and we need to finalize what we are carrying into space with us by sometime in 2012, I’d say.  …

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Executive Spotlight: Matt Desch of Iridium

Matt Desch is the CEO and president of Iridium, a position he has held for four years. He was previously CEO of telecom-services provider Telcordia. When he took over at Iridium in 2006, he helped guide the company to being publicly traded. Desch spoke with ExecutiveBiz about Iridium’s burgeoning new …

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